Flexibility is an important part of general physical fitness. However, gymnasts require a high level of flexibility to perform the skills associated with the sport. It is important to stretch and repeat flexibility exercises on a regular basis while practicing gymnastics. We have compiled some information about why stretching is important and tips on how to stretch properly.
Stretching Improves Muscle Development
If you’re doing a workout or sport to build muscle then stretching is very important as it enables you to move through the full range of movement.
Stretching Reduces Injury
Gymnastics is a high flying, high impact activity that often requires split-second timing. Stretching reduces the chance of injury by gradually elongating muscles. If you’re more flexible, you are less likely to pull or tear a muscle. In the short term, it also helps limber up muscles and tendon to prevent them from being pulled.
Stretching Warms You Up
Stretching can be used as a way to warm up the muscles and get your blood flowing. This provides the muscles with oxygen supply as well as nutrients in order to help them to keep going.
For some helpful gymnastics stretches, you can check out these websites:
- Stretching Routine for a Beginning Gymnast (AZ Central)
- Gymnastics Stretches and Flexibility Exercises (StretchCoach)
- Stretching Routine for a Beginning Gymnast (LiveStrong)
Simple yoga postures also provide a great stretch, better balance, which is important for gymnastics, flexibility, and relaxation! Check out beginner yoga poses here.