Dynamic vs. Static stretch
When we stretch in other sports we
distinguish between a static stretch and
a dynamic stretch. A static stretch for
example would be a slow even pressure.
A more dynamic stretch would be movement added.
For example, sit down with your feet
out in front of you and let your chest
fall towards your knees. Let yourself
relax into the stretch. This is static.
Very safe, very slow to get results. A
dynamic stretch might be swinging your leg
up into the air… like a cheerleader
would! Much more prone to muscle, tendon,
ligament damage but gives great results.
Younger folk tend to do more dynamic (after
proper warm up). Older folk more of the
gentler static stretch.
See where this is heading? Manual stretches
seem to be in the static category (with the muscle
part taken out). Has anyone heard of or tried
more dynamic stretching?
Hey, Please note that I am not suggesting hanging
with weight on a bungee cord although the visual
is pretty funny…