Flexibility and Fitness

What is Flexibility?

Sports Definition: the capacity of a joint or muscle to move through its full range of motion.

Flexibility is specific to a particular movement or joints, and the degree of flexibility can vary around the body.

Who Needs Flexibility?

Flexibility is one of the main fitness components, important for success in many sports. Certain sports, such as gymnastics, it is one of the most important physical attributes. In many other sports, including team field sports, good flexibility is an important part of the overall fitness profile. Good flexibility is also important for injury prevention. Stretching exercises can be used in injury rehabilitation, preparation for sport (warm up), and for recovery after exercise. A vote of the top sports requiring flexibility has the obvious ones of gymnastics, diving and figure skating on top. See also another list ranking sports in which flexibility is important.

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If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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