Types of stretching, Why stretch, When to stretch, and How to stretch.
*BEFORE STARTING ANY OF THE STRETCHES PLEASE SEEK APPROVAL FROM YOUR PHYSICIAN"
Types of stretching:
Dynamic Stretching- Usually done before exercise as a warmup. Gently taking a joint through movement ranges gradually incorporating more demanding movement patterns, small movements to larger patterns. This type of warmup should progress to mimicking the particular activity you are warming up for.
Active Stretching- Stretching with the help of the opposing muscle groups contraction. Can be done before exercise.
Ballistic Stretching- Ballistic stretching can be used as a warmup. Ballistic stretching incorporates momentum of a limb to facilitate movement. This type of stretching does not allow for the muscle to adjust to the new lengths thus, is one of the reasons it is ill advised for new exercisers.