"Stretching Exercises - Prevent Injury"
How Do Stretching Exercises Prevent Injury?
One of the greatest benefits of stretching exercises is that you?re able to increase the length of both your muscles and tendons.
This leads to an increased range of movement, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs.
Lets take a look at a few examples of how stretching exercises can help:
If the muscles in your neck are tight and stiff this limits your ability to look behind or turn your head around. If for some reason your head is turned backwards, past its' normal range of movement, this could result in a muscle tear or strain.
You can help to prevent this from happening by increasing the flexibility, and the range of movement, of the muscles and tendons in your neck through stretching exercises.
And what about the muscles in the back of your legs? The Hamstring muscles. These muscles are put under a huge strain when doing any sort of sport which involves running and especially for sports which require kicking.
Short, tight hamstring muscles can spell disaster for many sports people. By ensuring these muscles are loose and flexible through stretching exercises, you'll cut your chance of a hamstring injury dramatically.
How else can stretching exercises help?
While injuries can occur at any time, they are more likely to occur if the muscles are fatigued, tight and depleted of energy.
Fatigued, tight muscles are also less capable of performing the skills required for your particular sport or activity.
Stretching exercises can help to prevent an injury by promoting recovery and decreasing soreness. Stretching exercises ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order.
The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they'll become injured.
So as you can see, there's more to stretching exercises than most people think.
Doing stretching exercises is a simple and effective activity which will help you to enhance your athletic performance, decrease your likelihood of sports injury and minimise muscle soreness.
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