Michael Czuba, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer
PT Manager, Orthopaedic Associates of Riverside an Accelerated Rehab Affiliate
Most people are ingrained from youth to stretch before exercise. The principle behind stretching before activity is to loosen the muscles, warm the tissue and hopefully prevent injury. Unfortunately, traditional static stretching does little to achieve these pre-activity goals. Static stretching is best post activity, if at all, to help relax muscle and maintain flexibility.
My recommendation is dynamic stretching. It is quick, easy and efficiently prepares your body for exercise. It works because muscles are being activated to help stretch opposite muscles (quad is activated when stretching the hamstring). That helps to relax the opposite muscle and warm the area (static stretching cools). A quick dynamic stretching routine pre-run will raise your heart-rate, core temperature, loosen muscles and prepare you for your run.
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