Stretching has Five Benefits for Athletes
1.) MAINTAIN OR INCREASE RANGE OF MOTION:
Repetitive athletic movements can reduce your range of motion by tightening the muscles and tendons. A certain tension is required, especially in strength sports, but too much tension and a decreased range of motion can ultimately lead to injury and reduced quality of performance. Stretching regularly can prevent this problem. In certain sports and activities, like swimming or gymnastics, stretching must be done regularly to increase the range of motion in a joint when that range corresponds with increased performance.
2.) INCREASE MUSCLE TONE:
Stretching is a powerful signal to strength-en muscles. Using the muscle’s strength in passive resistance, stretching accel-erates the speed at which the proteins that make up the muscle fibers are synthesized. Your body gains muscle tone, strength, and resilience this way.
3.) WARM UP BEFORE A WORKOUT:
Stretching warms up the muscles, tendons, and joints, which prepares the body for physical exertion.
4.) RELIEVE STRESS:
Thanks to its euphoric and oxygenating effects, stretching minimizes stress that can tighten muscles (such as before a competition).
5.) RELAX, RECUPERATE, AND PREVENT INJURIES:
The majority of muscular efforts compress various joints as well as the spine. Stretching decompresses your back as well as your joints. This prevents injuries while accelerating recovery of the joints, tendons, and muscles.
Whether the activity is skiing, running, or playing a group sport like basketball or football, stretching keeps the body flexible. Flexibility can cut down on injuries, especially at the knee and ankle. Stretching again after activity should also be part of an injury prevention plan.
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