The Importance of Dynamic Flexibility Drills

The Importance of Dynamic Flexibility Drills

BY MIKE MEJIA//Correspondent


Depending on how you go about it, stretching prior to getting in the water might actually make you slower. Numerous studies have shown that static stretching – the type where you hold a stretch for 20-30 seconds at time – actually decreases peak force and explosive power during subsequent athletic activity. A much more effective way of warming up is engaging in dynamic flexibility drills, where you progressively move a muscle through its full range of motion. Give it a try. The next time you’re getting ready to swim, opt for simple drills like leg swings, arm circles and even jumping jacks and take pass on the static stretching.