Dynamic and Static Stretching

By Tim Wall MS/ATC

Why Stretching is Important

Stretching is a frequently used tool in orthopedics, but did you know that there are different stretching styles? Dynamic and static stretching are two types, and they should be done at different periods during a workout.

Dynamic Stretching

This type of stretching is done with movement, and is best done during the warmup of a workout. The movements used during the dynamic stretches are similar to the movements done while exercising, but at a lower intensity. The low impact movements allow your muscles to begin activating to warm up for exercise and prevent injury.

Static Stretching

Static is when you hold a stretch in a still position, and it is great to perform after exercise. It is important to do this type of stretch when your muscles are already warm so you don’t strain them. These stretches lengthen and cool down your muscles after exercise, and relieve tension after your muscles are fatigued.

Image of hamstring stretch

You don’t move while performing a static stretch.

Active Stretch

Active stretching involves a series of stretches which require the person to have movement through the stretch.  An example would be a series of lunges and squatting motions performed several times while moving in a straight line.

Most Physical Therapists and Certified Athletic Trainers combine the various forms of stretching to get the desired improvements in flexibility.

It is important to also know your limits! If you push a stretch too far, you are more likely to injure yourself, so it is important to listen to your body.



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By: Tim Wall, MS, ATC

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