February 8, 2010
The Importance of Dynamic Flexibility
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.