Stretching: The Truth
In This Chapter
Recognizing why and when to stretch
Observing traditional stretches
Comparing stretching methods
Stretching with a partner
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.