Flexibility Articles

Flexibility refers to the ability of a joint, such as a knee or shoulder, to move through its full range of motion—important for all athletes. Improving flexibility increases mobility for increased strength and speed, while reducing the risk of injury to muscles, ligaments and tendons. Common exercises for increasing flexibility include static stretching, dynamic warm-ups, yoga, massage therapy and foam rolling. In addition, performing functional exercises through their full range of motion improves overall flexibility. Improve your flexibility with the latest advice and routines from the nation's elite coaches and athletes.

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So what separates a WOATA from a GOATA?

Coaching, like cooking, is equal parts science and art. Excellent practitioners in both disciplines draw from the structured lessons of their mentors....

A Nighttime Stretch Routine for Athletes

Your body is feeling a bit banged up from a tough lift or brutal practice where your coach decided to spend some extra time on conditioning. Or maybe ...

5 Dynamic Stretches for Basketball Players

Do you feel "tight" before basketball games? Does it take you a couple minutes into the game to finally get warmed up? One of the reasons that y...

Fix Your Hips in 5 Minutes

Sitting at a desk all day stinks. I sit at a computer writing articles like this one. Many of you are stuck at school in some horribly uncomfortable d...

2 Fixes for Tight Hips You've Never Tried Before

Nowadays, just about everyone feels their hips are too tight. It's a complaint Ryan Summers and Matt Stevens, physical therapists and co-owners of ...

Why a Simple Leg Raise Reveals A Surprising Amount About Your Body

The Active Straight Leg Raise looks simple. You basically lie face up on the ground, then lift one leg as high as possible while trying to keep the...

The Fantastic 5-Minute Warm-Up

In need of a quick warm-up that can get you ready for action in a hurry? You could do a lot worse than the four-move warm-up shown in the video bel...

This Ankle Mobility Test Is Used at the NFL Combine. Can You Pass It?

We take our feet for granted. Often out of sight and out of mind, we simply assume they're functioning as intended, instead dedicating greater atte...

The One Bodyweight Movement That Can Reveal a Thousand Flaws

The initial assessment of a client or athlete can be one of the most valuable tools for a strength coach. Baseline assessments provide an initial o...

Your Favorite Hip Flexor Stretch Is Actually Making You Tighter

On an almost weekly basis, I'll begin working with a new client or athlete who waxes poetic on how "tight" his or her hip flexors are. They'll ...

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