Select Physical Therapy, formally known as Physiotherapy Associates, is part of the Select Medical Outpatient Division, a nationally prominent, locally driven provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation. The centers offer a wide range of general physical therapy services such as hand therapy, sports medicine, work injury prevention and athletic training services to professional sports teams, colleges, universities and high schools.
Purpose: Dynamic stretching prepares the muscles in the body for exercise.
How it’s performed: Take the muscles to the end-range lengthened position within the respective movement needed to perform the subsequent exercise. (i.e. football kicker performing standing leg kicks; baseball pitcher performing arm circles).
Benefits: Dynamic stretching uses motions that are specifically designed to be used in a sport/exercise and should be performed prior to activity. As a result, the body is prepared for the required movements needed to be successful in the respective exercise.
Purpose: Static stretching increases muscle and joint range of motion.
How it’s performed: Hold the muscle in the maximal lengthened position (pain-free) for 15-30 seconds at a time. Repeat 2-3 times.
Benefits: Static stretching improves overall muscle length and joint range of motion. This results in increased performance of the muscles and joints being stretched for future sport/exercise. Static stretching should be performed after exercise to yield the greatest benefits.
Written By: Physical Therapists team at Select Physical Therapy