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Stretch It Out :: Why Stretching is Important

Having big strong muscles isn’t always the answer to becoming great at your sport. It’s how you use those muscles that make the difference between good and great. One big thing that most athletes often overlook when training is their flexibility. To make the most of your muscles, you have to learn how to stretch and use your flexibility.


The Muscle Mix

Your body is full of muscles, joints, and tendons. Your muscles are attached to your bones by tendons that make your bones and joints move. The stronger your muscles are, the faster your bones will move, but if your joints and tendons are stiff, your muscles stop short before reaching their maximum power.


Preventing Muscle Pinching

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Increasing your flexibility through stretching not only increases your maximum potential for power, speed, balance and agility, but it also can keep you out of the hospital. The most common injuries are from muscles tears. Muscles tears usually happen when an athlete’s muscle extends too far. Stretching properly can prevent these tears.


Some Stretches

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Stretching can be done in so many different ways. Here are some examples:


  • Stretching one body part at a time
  • Reaching and holding poses with your limbs and body
  • Repetitive jumping, swinging, pushing and pulling
  • Soft Martial Arts’ motion pieces like Tai Chi
  • Yoga with proper breathing and variations of different stretches

The Road to Recovery

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Have you already torn a muscle? Well then, stretching is the most important thing for your recovery. Doctors will send you to a physiotherapist who will teach you all types of different ways to stretch your injured body part. They even have elastic resistors that help bring back strength to the injured muscle.


Stretching everyday is the best thing for an athlete. The next time that athlete needs to reach that extra bit to jump past an opponent, or to stretch out a stride to win the race, or to bend into a tighter ball to execute another flip, the increased flexibility is the difference.


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I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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