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Why Dynamic Stretching is Best For Your Young Athlete

Warming up before an activity is always a good idea to prevent injury and get ready to perform a sport or exercise.

It’s important that we teach our children about performing proper warm-up stretches. In recent years it’s become clear that the manner in which we do warm-up stretching can directly benefit or hinder performance.

Within the past 10 years, there has been a paradigm shift from static stretching toward dynamic stretching. Traditional static stretching involves moving a joint as far as it can go and holding it for a length of time, typically 30 to 60 seconds.

Dynamic stretching, however, is movement-based stretching. Dynamic stretching is particularly ideal for sports that use explosive movements such as soccer, sprinting, basketball and tennis.

Today, coaches are making sure that young athletes are ready to play by incorporating dynamic stretching into the warm-up routine before practices and competitions.

How dynamic stretching works

Dynamic stretching focuses on actively moving the joints and muscles (usually 10 to 12 repetitions for any given dynamic stretch) with sport-specific motions targeting necessary muscle groups to increase the power, flexibility and range of motion needed for enhanced performance.

The benefits of dynamic stretching for young athletes include:

  • The increase of body heat and blood flow loosens muscles and tendons. This improves overall power and strength performance. Static stretching actually cools necessary muscle groups and so does not actually reduce the risk of injury, and it can weaken muscles.
  • It prepares the muscles by practicing the movements that will be required of them. This means the muscles are well engaged and ready for a quick sport-specific response.  Basketball players who combined dynamic stretching with plyometric (jump) training show improved vertical height and agility. Static stretching usually has no relevance to the task at hand and may have a negative effect on balance and agility.
  • It improves the flexibility needed for the specific sport by increasing the range of motion around the joints. Over time, this will maximize performance and reduce the risk of injury.
  • While static stretching puts the body in a relaxed state, dynamic stretching offers mental preparation for young athletes by putting their bodies and minds into motion so they are ready for the competition ahead.

As a parent, it’s important to understand dynamic stretching. And we can lead by example by doing dynamic stretching ourselves. 

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/02/dynamic-stretching-best-young-athlete/

How dynamic stretching works

Dynamic stretching focuses on actively moving the joints and muscles (usually 10 to 12 repetitions for any given dynamic stretch) with sport-specific motions targeting necessary muscle groups to increase the power, flexibility and range of motion needed for enhanced performance.

The benefits of dynamic stretching for young athletes include:

  • The increase of body heat and blood flow loosens muscles and tendons. This improves overall power and strength performance. Static stretching actually cools necessary muscle groups and so does not actually reduce the risk of injury, and it can weaken muscles.
  • It prepares the muscles by practicing the movements that will be required of them. This means the muscles are well engaged and ready for a quick sport-specific response.  Basketball players who combined dynamic stretching with plyometric (jump) training show improved vertical height and agility. Static stretching usually has no relevance to the task at hand and may have a negative effect on balance and agility.
  • It improves the flexibility needed for the specific sport by increasing the range of motion around the joints. Over time, this will maximize performance and reduce the risk of injury.
  • While static stretching puts the body in a relaxed state, dynamic stretching offers mental preparation for young athletes by putting their bodies and minds into motion so they are ready for the competition ahead.

As a parent, it’s important to understand dynamic stretching. And we can lead by example by doing dynamic stretching ourselves. 

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/02/dynamic-stretching-best-young-athlete/


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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