Flexibility training aides in the recovery of injuries, decreases the chance of injury and increases range of motion. It is an important part of the Strength and Conditioning program. A proper warm up, stretch (a minimum of 15- 20 minutes per session), two to three times a day and a proper cool down aids in reducing muscle soreness; always warm up muscles before stretching. Never stretch a cold muscle.
It is important to understand that the order in which you stretch should be considered. It is a common practice that a stretching program starts with center of movement stretches. That is back and hips followed by the hamstrings.
Stretching the largest muscle groups first allows for greater potential flexibility in the smaller muscle groups.
Hence, an ideal stretching order would be:
|(5) Quads (calf, ankles, feet)|
There will be times when time constraints and other situations that will force you to change the order. Just remember that stretching the larger muscle groups first will usually be best.
Advantage of an active warm up:
The ultimate goal is to improve muscle suppleness. I recommend static stretching as a safe and effective method of achieving flexibility.
Advantage of stretching:
Advantage of cool down:
About Coach Doyle:
Few people have as much impact on the way NBA players perform day in and day out as a team's strength and conditioning coach. For the Clippers, that critical job falls on Johnny Doyle's capable shoulders. While assisting the trainer with the physical therapy of the players, he has the primary responsibility for keeping the players in game shape and monitoring between-game workouts and conditioning. Doyle, who enters his eighth season in his current role, came to the team with top-notch credentials. The 35-year-old Los Angeles native spent six years (1988-94) with the nationally respected Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. At the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, Doyle's primary responsibility was rehabilitation and conditioning for the numerous athletes that came through the clinic. Doyle has worked with athletes at all levels as well as other sports.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Doyle received his degree in Physical Education at Cal State University of Dominguez Hills. A member of the National Strength Coaches Association & National Basketball Conditioning Coaches Association, Doyle continues his commitment to stay active in his native LA community over the offseason by volunteering at several youth camps across Southern California.