Friday, November 23, 2012

Dynamic Stretching Defined

Dynamic stretching entails actively moving a joint through its full range of motion without any relaxation or holding of joint positions. These stretches are functional in nature and often replicate sport-specific movements.  Movements are emphasized rather than individual muscle groups.Examples include forward and backward arm circles and walking knee lifts. Dynamic stretching offers the advantage of warming up several muscle groups at the same time, which may potentially increase the efficiency of the warm-up. Dynamic stretches may be performed as repetitions in place or in a series covering a specific distance. In either example, the progression should proceed from light, gradual movements to  more intense, faster movements when preparing for strength and power activities. Dynamic stretches offer similar physiological responses that help in preparing the body for exercise.

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