Chapter 16

Stretching: The Truth

In This Chapter

arrow Recognizing why and when to stretch

arrow Observing traditional stretches

arrow Comparing stretching methods

arrow Stretching with a partner

arrow Creating stretches to use everyday

Stretching seems like such a straightforward topic that you may expect us to explain it in a sentence or two and then show you a stretching routine. Well, as it turns out, a lot of confusion surrounds the subject of stretching. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), one of the most respected sports and fitness organizations in the world, provides guidelines on how to stretch, but the organization still admits that more research is needed to determine exactly what stretching can and can’t do for you. This chapter explains that stretching maintains freedom of movement and enhances muscular performance. It’s true, stretching isn’t just about isolated muscle fibers. This chapter outlines the ACSM guidelines for stretching and covers other promising stretching methods.

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