Stretch It Out: Mechanics to Make a Difference
Static stretching is probably the most common and is an excellent way to increase elasticity of muscles. The act involves lengthening the tissue in a slow controlled motion and holding for an allotted time, ideally around 30 seconds.
“It’s important to breathe fully to maximize the amount of oxygen permeating the muscle tissue,” said Elisha Morris, CHI Health certified athletic trainer. “To optimize your time and efficacy, static stretching should be performed after activity.”
Dynamic stretching involves moving a joint through its full range of motion. This type can be used after or during warm-up. By utilizing the full range of motion of a joint you reduce the risk of injury and increase elasticity.