Stretching is an essential part of playing Football. A good stretching routine can help to minimize muscle imbalances, prevent injury and improve your performance on the field. The following stretching program is designed for Football players who do not have any current injuries or individual stretching needs. If you have an injury, or a specific mechanical imbalance that may be holding back your performance, your ProActive Rehab Physiotherapist can design a stretching program just for you.
When is the Best Time to Stretch?
When your muscles are warm and relaxed! If you take your performance seriously, stretch after you have done a general body warm up of about 5-10 minutes (light running or light whole body drills including cutting drills) and after your training or game. You should continue to stretch throughout practice if there are times when your muscles may be cooling down, such as between drills. Be sure to continue stretching during a game when you are standing on the sideline and not being active due to a long defensive or offensive rush. Football is a dynamic sport so you'll need both dynamic and static stretching. Dynamic stretches form part of your pre-game or training warm-up. Static stretches can be included at the end of your cool down or at other times to improve your overall flexibility.
Rules for Dynamic Stretching:
Rules for Static Stretching:
Leg Swings Forward and Back
Leg Swings Sideways
Back Rotation Stretch:
Neck and Trapezius
Lower back stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch
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