Why athletes should spend more time stretching:
– Decreased stress and tension (stretching can even help with headaches)
– Increase range of motion for increased athletic performance
– Helps reduce soreness and speed up recovery after difficult workouts
– Provides an opportunity for a mental “cool down” after a hard workout
Programs for increased flexibility
Hyperbolic Stretching is a great online program that can help guide athletes and non-athletes master flexibility and range of motion. It includes guided stretching sessions, targeted routines (one for upper-body, etc), and provides clear instructions and guidance to perform the stretches correctly.