Stretching Smart Play Exercise

Warm Up

• to increase heat throughout the body
• to reduce risk of tearing or straining muscles by increasing their suppleness

• 2-3 minute jog, to raise a light sweat (complete before stretching


• to increase flexibility and freedom of movement
• to reduce muscle tension
• to reduce the risk of muscle and tendon injuries

• hold stretch for 10-20sec - DO NOT BOUNCE
• repeat each stretch 2-3 times • stretch gently and slowly, keep breathing
• stretch to the point of tension - NEVER PAIN
• select the major muscle groups used in your sport and stretch them through their full range of movement

To increase or maintain flexibility and muscle suppleness, a 20 min stretching session 2-3 times per week is recommended.

Cool Down

• to help remove muscle waste products
• to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness
• to enable you to compete again at the same level within a short period of time

• 2-3 minute light jog, or brisk walk immediately after sport
• 5-10 minutes of stretching (emphasise the major muscle groups you have used during your sport

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Ashley Mandal said...

It is really important to know about warm-ups, cool downs and stretching exercises especially for athletes. These are important to reduce injuries, cramps and muscle spasms during or after the activity to be done.

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