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The Importance of Flexibility Training in Sports Recovery

Flexibility training often takes a backseat in the world of sports recovery, overshadowed by the emphasis on strength, endurance, and speed. However, unlocking the benefits of flexibility can greatly complement an athlete’s performance, and also assist with injury prevention.

 

You may be thinking that your sport doesn’t require flexibility, so why bother? Well, increasing your flexibility has more benefits than you think. Flexibility is more than just achieving the splits or touching your toes; it's about the range of motion your joints and muscles can comfortably experience. In the context of sports recovery, flexibility training plays a multifaceted role.

 

First and foremost, enhanced flexibility can significantly contribute to injury prevention. Muscles and joints that can move through their full range are less prone to strains, sprains, and other injuries. Tight muscles, on the other hand, can lead to imbalances and compensations, setting the stage for potential problems down the road, or even impact injuries.

 

Flexibility training aids in muscle recovery post-exercise. Engaging in dynamic stretches and mobility exercises helps to increase blood flow to the muscles, helping with the removal of waste products and replenishing them with essential nutrients. This can help to alleviate muscle soreness and accelerate the recovery process.

 

Another often overlooked aspect is the positive impact of flexibility training on mental well-being. Stretching and yoga-like activities incorporated into recovery can contribute to relaxation and stress reduction. The mind-body connection established through these practices can enhance an athlete's overall resilience and focus.

 

Flexibility training should definitely not be a sidelined component of your sports recovery. It’s a key player in the holistic approach to athletic well-being. Athletes who prioritise flexibility will not only see the benefit of improved performance, but also in the long term you’ll find that you will cultivate a resilient body less susceptible to injuries.

 

STAR has a stretch and recovery room with tools including foam rollers, massage balls and massage guns available to you – book in here.

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