There’s a reason that every sports team at every level begins their practices with team stretching. It’s because it offers several benefits to athletes – regardless of age, sport, or skill level.
Here are just a few benefits that stretching can offer:
Increased Range of Motion
First and foremost, stretching regularly improves flexibility and range of motion in the joints – both in the short- and long-term. This is good for everybody, whether you are an athlete or not.
Improves Energy Levels
Feeling lethargic? A quick stretch can get the blood flowing through your body, resulting in improved oxygen delivery to your brain and muscles, and a short-term increase in energy.
Stretching is equally as good for the mind as it is for the body. Since muscle tightness is often associated with stress, a good stretch coupled with deep breathing exercises can often help your mind feel more at ease.
Reduced Risk of Injury
An improved range of motion means that your joints can stretch further without straining or tearing. This is good news for athletes because it reduces their chance of sustaining a muscle or joint injury.
Promotes Faster Recovery
Stretching improves blood flow to the joints and muscles in your body. Since blood delivers key nutrients, this means your muscles are getting more of them. This ultimately results in reduced muscle soreness and faster recovery from workouts and injuries.
Once you’ve limbered up, come get your daily dose of physical activity at Insports! As Fairfield County’s premier indoor sports facility, there is always something to do – whether it is a league, tournament, clinic, or open play. Visit our website to see a list of our upcoming events, or connect with us on Facebook.