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Why is flexibility an important attribute for all track and field athletes?

Flexibility is very important in all sports not just track and field. Flexibility helps prevent injuries by allowing the body to correctly move the way it was intended.  The more freely the body moves the less chances there are of getting injured. Someone who is very inflexible risks the chance of damaging a muscle, tendon, or ligament and possibly causing severe knee, hip, back, or shoulder damage. Flexibility is also important in increasing performance both on the track and in the field. It is almost impossible to be a world-class hurdler and not have above average range of motion (ROM) in the hamstrings, hips, and lower back. Shot put, discus and javelin throwers all work very hard to get longer pulls on their implements to increase the velocity and force of the implement leaving their hand.

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