Stretching to Reduce Risk of Injury

From our first gym class in Elementary School we have been taught that stretching is good for us. Park Physical Therapy in Massapequa, NY is here to tell you that it’s true! Stretching helps by relaxing your muscles and increasing blood flow and nutrients to your cartilage and muscles. The main reason we recommend stretching is because it reduces the risk of injury.

Benefits of Stretching:

  • Encourages an optimistic outlook
  • Fortifies posture
  • Enables flexibility
  • Increase stamina
  • Decreases risk of injury
  • Improve energy levels
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Reduced soreness
  • Reduces cholesterol

Click here to read about the details of how stretching leads to the benefits listed above.

Our office of Physical Therapy in Massapequa, NY emphasis the importance of stretching. Many injuries can easily be avoided if stretching was just added to daily workout regime. Adding stretching to your warm up is the best way to reduce the risk of injury. Once the blood is flowing and you get the heart rate moving it makes it less likely for you to pull a hamstring or anything of that sort.

Stretching can help improve flexibility and range of motion in your joints. Better flexibility may:

  • Improve your performance in physical activities
  • Help your joints move through their full range of motion
  • Enable your muscles to work most effectively

Which can all lead to decreasing your risk of injuries. The better your range of motion and flexibility the better of a performance you will have and lead to less mistakes during your game time.

Learn more about tips for keeping stretching safe:

  • Strive for symmetry.
  • Focus on major muscle groups.
  • Don’t bounce.
  • Hold your stretch.
  • Don’t aim for pain.
  • Make stretches sport specific.
  • Keep up with your stretching.
  • Bring movement into your stretching.

If you find yourself dealing with an injury even after all your stretching precautions come schedule an appointment  at Park Physical Therapy in Massapequa, NY.