Should you be using dynamic stretches? 9/20
By Sports Medicine & Performance Center staff
Are you using the best kind of stretching exercises to meet the needs of your body and your sport? Dynamic stretching is effective for a wide range of sports, including baseball, softball and track.
In typical static stretching, the muscle is stretched to its limit and held for a length of time. While this is a good part of warming up, it’s not the best approach for all sports. Dynamic stretching, which takes place through movement, is the most effective way to warm the muscles, joints and ligaments.
Dynamic stretching can help you:
Prior to strenuous sports that require power, acceleration and movement, consider warming up your muscles with dynamic stretches.
Take time to warm up
Incorporate dynamic stretching exercises
View recommended dynamic stretching exercises.
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