Stretching for Sport

Why Stretch?

by Michael Wood

Stretching is an important tool in managing the muscle imbalances that occur as a result of the young athletes growing body. By maintaining this muscle balance stretching plays an important part of injury prevention.

Stretching also aids in:

Interestingly, research suggests that static stretching before a game alone does not reduce the risk of injury which is why it is important to undertake some light aerobic exercise prior to stretching, as a warm muscle responds better to stretching than a cold one.

Types of stretching: Static vs Dynamic stretching

hamstring stretchingPRINCIPLES

A good balance between Static and Dynamic stretching is recommended to gain maximum benefits.

About the Author

Michael Wood is a leading sports physiotherapist from Perth, Western Australia. He runs a very successful private practice, and is currently working with the Australian Hockey Team, Subiaco Football Club and Perth Glory Soccer Club. For more information visit his website:

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Medicine Extra

Prevent sporting injuries by performing a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching.

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