Topend Sports Logo

Ballistic Stretching

Ballistic stretching uses the momentum of a moving body or a limb in an attempt to force it beyond its normal range of motion. This is different from dynamic stretching, which involves controlled gradual stretching up to but not beyond the normal range of movement.

split stretching split stretching

An example of ballistic stretching is bouncing up and down repeatedly to touch your toes. This type of stretching is generally not considered useful and can lead to injury as it does not allow your muscles to adjust to, and relax in, the stretched position. Conversely, it may cause them to tighten up by repeatedly activating the stretch reflex. However, if your sporting event requires a ballistic movement, then it may be appropriate and perhaps necessary to conduct ballistic stretching exercises as part of your preparation.

Related Pages

send us a comment Any comments, suggestions, or corrections? Please let us know.


The above information is presented as a general guide. The author and publisher take no responsibility for any possible consequences of any treatment, procedure, exercise, action or application of medication based on this information. See more: Disclaimer.

Medicine Extra

There are many Sporting Injuries to know about, some Specific to Certain Sports. There's information about Injury Tretament, but Prevention is better, including by performing a Warm-Pp before each fitness session, which should include some Stretching.

 → How to Cite