Will Stretching Prevent Injury During Exercise?

Touching one’s toes or moving the head in a circle feels positively blissful to most healthy adults. But the benefits of are much argued in the halls of kinesiology departments and fitness centers across the country. One professor of sports medicine at the University of Virginia,
Jay Hertel,
explains the upside of a full range of motion and why sometimes feeling good is enough reason to get those shoulders rolling.

“Stretching is really moving the joint in an effort to lengthen the muscle,” explains Dr. Hertel. That act should maximize the joint’s range of motion, which is a good thing.

“From a standpoint, the greater range of motion you have, the more likely you’ll be able to generate more force, which may make you run faster or jump higher. In addition to that, from an injury-prevention standpoint, in theory you’ll also be better able to react in real-life situations, like when you’re about to fall or need to jump over something,” he adds.



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