For many years, people have been stretching to prevent injury during activities. While the principle of this practice is right—activating muscles before exercising does prevent painful problems—cold and static stretching may not be the best for your performance. Some sports do need significant flexibility. For these activities, stretching during your warm up is an important part of preparing your muscles. For most sports, however, you don’t need increased flexibility to perform well. Stretching before you participate, then, could over-loosen your muscles. Instead of stretching, prevent injury by practicing dynamic warm-ups that activate your muscles and prepare them for the strain of your activities.
Traditional static stretching is a better part of your cool-down routine to help prevent your muscles from tightening up and risking injury after your activities. If you’re not sure how to stretch dynamically, or you’re concerned by some foot pain that has developed, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an evaluation. Use our online contact form, call, or fax us to reach our two offices: for our Chandler location, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; to reach our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.