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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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 ...

Coaches Can Use These 2 Methods to Greatly Improve the Effectiveness ofTeam Warm-Ups

If you're reading this, you're likely a coach who works in a team sport. With that, allow me to ask you a few simple questions. What are you doing ...

Hockey Players: Fix Your Bad Hips With These 3 Mobility Exercises

Tight, immobile hips bother practically every hockey player at all levels of competition. Being tight in the front of your hips can lead to a bunch...

Play Your Best With This 3-Exercise Basketball Warm-Up

For as much time and energy basketball players put into honing their games, few realize the impact a proper warm-up can have on their performance. ...

3 Resistance Band Exercises to Improve Posture and Heal Your Shoulders

These days, it's hard to find anyone with truly good posture. Just think about how the majority of people spend their time: Students are likely fou...

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