When should I stretch?

It is recommended to stretch before and after your workout. Before and after activity use static stretching to decrease muscle spindle activity. Perform 1 to 3 sets of each stretch, holding them for 20-30 seconds. If you don’t have any postural distortion patterns, you can perform Active Isolation stretches as a pre-activity warm up. Hold each stretch for 1 to 2 seconds and perform 5 to 10 repetitions.

Dr. Mike Clark, DPT
[media id="DEV__4c84d01c5fe4a6_47754823" title="Foam Roll Hip Rotators"] [media id="PRD__4ccf04d802c287_39508432" title="90 - 90 Hamstring Stretch"]  Stretching is an extremely important technique to prevent injury, warm-up your body before exercise, and cool your body down after exercises.  There are many different forms of stretching including; self-myofascial release, static stretching, active stretching and dynamic stretching:

I recommend the following sequence:

1. Warm-Up (Prior to exercise)
    a. Foam Roll: 
    b. Static Stretching on tight muscles 
    c. Active or Dynamic Stretching:

3. Cool down Stretching (after exercise)
    a. Foam Roll
    b. Static Stretching

Stretching Guidelines:
1. Foam Roll - find a tender point on the foam roll and hold for 30-45 seconds
2. Static Stretching - 2-3 sets of 20-30 second holds
3. Active/Dynamic Stretching - 1 set of 10 reps

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