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How does stretching lower the chances of a track athlete getting injured?

Stretching helps increase the body's range of motion (ROM). Stretching will not prevent the body from ever being injured because many other factors can be involved with an injury, but it can help in avoiding injuries due to poor range of motion. A hurdler with great range of motion in their hamstrings, hips, and lower back will suffer less injuries during their career than the hurdler who is very stiff and tight. The stiff and tight person must always do eveything perfect to clear the hurdle and hope their technique does not break down while also trying to avoid injury. The more flexible hurdler will be able to make more mistakes without getting injured and still be able to have a good result. Stretching should always be done after properly warming up the body ,and dynamic stretches (leg swings, hurdle walks, lunges) should be done after static (stationary) stretches. When doing static stretches, it is best to not bounce and jerk to achieve great range of motion, but instead concentrate on correct posture and gradually work into more range of motion.

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