Can stretching prevent injuries?

Stretching to prevent injuriesWhether or not you can prevent injuries with stretching really depends on what kinds of exercises you’re doing to stretch out. Traditional, static stretches that increase flexibility and range of motion are actually not very helpful for preventing injuries. While you don’t want muscles to grow too stiff or tight, forcibly loosening them before you’re active doesn’t stop you from getting hurt or overusing muscles.

Dynamic stretching performed as a part of your warm up, however, can definitely be helpful for preventing some types of injuries. This is because the best exercises target the muscles you’ll be using for your sport or other athletic activity. The continuous movements encourage a healthy range of motion while firing the muscle tissue and increasing its temperature, all of which prepares it to respond when you need it to. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, and Parker, CO, can help you establish healthy warm-up routines and incorporate good dynamic stretches. Call us today at (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC