In the final installment of our new series on stretching for sports, Matt Gardner, health and wellness coordinator for Hometown Health, demonstrates easy-to-perform stretches for basketball that are adaptable for any exercise level.
A proper warmup and stretch is needed for optimal performance for all athletes — especially for weekend warriors who may not be used to daily vigorous activity.
“Whether you have a 40 hour a week desk job or work in a very active setting, your muscles need preparation before you ask them to perform in your favorite activity,” says Matt Gardner, Hometown Health’s health and wellness coordinator. “Even if you worked out hours before your evening softball game or Saturday hike, your heart rate and core body temperature have returned to normal and your muscles and joints have switched back into relaxation mode.”
Planning an extra 15 minutes for proper warmup will reduce the chances of certain injuries. In addition to your warm up, a proper cool down will help you recover and keep you off the couch and regretting your decision to be active. Being a weekend warrior is only enjoyable and rewarding if we are able to stay in the game or on the trail!