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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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 ...

6 Thoracic Spine Exercises to Improve Mobility

Most experienced coaches know that one of the fastest ways to clean up a nagging shoulder, neck, or lower back problem is to improve mid-back mobility...

How Static Stretching Changes Your Body (and Not Always for the Better)

I hear it from coaches and parents all the time: "Make sure you stretch! All these girls keep getting injured because they aren't stretching!" Alth...

Why Athletes Need 'Movement Variability,' and How Coaches Can Deliver It

A popular term as of late is "variability;" specifically, "movement variability." Previously, variability has been thought to be bad in athletes. W...

Why Your Ankle Mobility Sucks (And Why You Should Fix it ASAP)

Every Joint in the human body has a combination of mobility and stability. To some extent, the more mobile a joint, the less stable that joint is, ...

The Pre-Round Routine That's Helped Henrik Stenson Become the World's Most Accurate Golfer

Henrik Stenson is relentlessly consistent. Over the course of a tournament, many of his competitors will spray shots into danger zones and put up t...

A Fast, Effective Youth Soccer Team Warm-Up

Think back to every pre-game warm-up you've ever done as a soccer player. I bet the majority of them included touching your toes for a specific amount...

T-Spine Mobility: Why You Need It, How to Test it and How to Improve It

As our society has become increasingly inactive, our thoracic mobility has suffered as a result. Many of us sit at desks all day, be it in front of a ...

4 Hip Flexor Stretches to Relieve Tight Hips

The most common complaint we hear from our members is "My hips are so tight." The response is always "Here, try this hip flexor stretch." Well why are...

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