Stretching and the Warm up – Are You Confused?

Written by Brad Walker

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1. The general warm up This phase ofrepparttar warm up consists of 5 to 15 minutes of light physical activity. The aim here is to elevaterepparttar 145299 heart rate and respiratory rate, increase blood flow and increase muscle temperature.

2. Static stretching Next, 5 to 15 minutes of gentle static stretching should be used to gradually lengthen allrepparttar 145300 major muscle groups and associated tendons ofrepparttar 145301 body.

3. The sports specific warm up During this phase ofrepparttar 145302 warm up, 10 to 15 minutes of sport specific drills and exercises should be used to preparerepparttar 145303 athlete forrepparttar 145304 specific demands of their chosen sport.

4. Dynamic stretching Dynamic stretching involves a controlled, soft bounce or swinging motion to force a particular body part past its usual range of movement. The force ofrepparttar 145305 bounce or swing is gradually increased but should never become radical or uncontrolled.

Please note; dynamic stretching carries with it a high risk of injury if used incorrectly. Dynamic stretching is more for muscular conditioning than flexibility and is really only suited for professional, well trained, highly conditioned athletes. Dynamic stretching should only be used after a high level of general flexibility has been established.

All four parts are equally important and any one part should not be neglected or thought of as not necessary. All four elements work together to bringrepparttar 145306 body and mind to a physical peak, ensuringrepparttar 145307 athlete is prepared forrepparttar 145308 activity to come.

So what conclusions can we make?

Stretching is beneficial, when used correctly. However, as with most activities there are rules and guidelines to ensure that they are safe, and stretching is no exception. Stretching can be extremely dangerous and harmful if used incorrectly.

Remember, stretching is just one very important component that assists to reducerepparttar 145309 risk of injury and improve athletic performance. The best results are achieved when stretching is used in combination with other injury reduction techniques and conditioning exercises. **********************

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Brad Walker is a prominent Australian sports trainer with more than 15 years experience in the health and fitness industry. Brad is a Health Science graduate of the University of New England and has postgraduate accreditations in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. He also works with elite level and world champion athletes and lectures for Sports Medicine Australia on injury prevention.

Myoplex Protein Shake – Great Tasting Source of Vitamins and Minerals

Written by John Doetsch

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The question now is: What if you get sick of eating protein allrepparttar time? Well, it’s easy. You can resort to using high protein meal replacement shakes like EAS Myoplex. You can add oatmeal, bananas, kiwi, strawberries, or peanut butter to create different flavors. These additives add calories, which is helpful to basic growth.

Just keep in mind that all athletes need protein. It is like a vital gear, and without it, you cannot playrepparttar 145121 game. And if you insist on playing, you will more likely contract an injury or worse.

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