Stretching has been demonstrated to increase muscle length and also tendon elasticity, which may be appropriate for some sports.
There are two types of stretches you can do – static and dynamic. Static stretches involve reaching forward to a point of tension and holding the stretch, while dynamic stretches involve moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both.
Static stretches are better for increasing muscle length, while dynamic stretches are more appropriate for increasing tendon elasticity. Keep in mind however, that stretching also causes a temporary, large decrease in muscle power, depending on the length of the hold, which decreases sporting performance.
There is also substantial scientific evidence that suggests it is generally best not to stretch immediately before training or competition, but that stretching should instead be done at other times.
If you would like to know when the best times are for you to stretch please take a moment to contact us.
Mark Pennington – Physiotherapist – Leap Health Rosny Park
Mark is originally from balmy Brisbane, where he graduated in 1998 from the University of Qld. He has worked in a diverse range of clinical settings and locations – both private and public, including overseas in the UK. Mark has a keen interest in understanding the cause of conditions and thus prevention. Mark places key emphasis on education and making patients a master of their condition.