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What muscles should I stretch before and after a basketball game?

Basketball players are prone to tight calves, hips, and lats (latissimus dorsi).  Start your flexibility program by applying a foam roll (a self-massage technique used to alleviate knots in your muscles) to the tender areas in your calves, side of your thighs, and upper back.  Hold each tender area for at least 30 seconds, or until the tension subsides.  After foam rolling, perform a chest stretch using a doorway, a kneeling hip flexor stretch, and a standing calf stretch.

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Are there any other forms of flexibility training besides just stretching?
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How long should I hold each stretch?
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How can I vary my flexibility exercise routine?
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