Does stretching or warming up before performing a sport help?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, Jay Dicharry, director of the SPEED Performance Clinic and the Motion Analysis Lab Coordinator at the University of Virginia Health System, discusses whether stretching or warming up help before performing a sport.

    Host: Does stretching or warming up before performing a sport help?

    Jay Dicharry: Stretching or warming up is something we should think about before any athletetic even. It's important to realize what we are actually doing. We start by warming up, we are increasing blood flow to working tissue and we are heightening our body sense of co-ordination before activity.

    Talking about stretching we should think about what stretching actually involves. Too much flexibility is actually a risk factor for injury. Too little flexibility is also a risk factor for injury. It's important to realize that you need to have the appropriate amount of flexibility for the sport that you are going participate in. One key thing to think about if you are limited in flexibility it's important to stretch after. When we stretch we actually tear our muscles fibers and we want it always do that after the event.

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