Post workout stretching, or maintenance stretching, the muscle groups used during workouts is an often overlooked, but extremely important necessity. Here is why stretching after exercise is so important.
Benefits of stretching after exercise
Helping muscles return to their normal length and alleviating soreness, stretching after exercise helps to reduce muscle tension and soreness, as well as your risk of developing back issues. It also increases your range of motion and body awareness and promotes circulation. Increasing your learning, practice and, of course, the performance of many kinds of skilled movements, it also helps to prevent personal injuries like muscle and joint strains. There are, however, some reasons not to stretch, and how doing so can cause injuries themselves.
When not to stretch
You should avoid stretching after exercise if you:
- Recently suffered a bone fracture, strain or sprain
- Have an inflamed or infected joint or signs of osteoporosis
- Experience pain when stretching a muscle or moving a joint
- Are suffering from certain blood or skin diseases
You should also not stretch if your range of motion is limited in some way.
Post-exercise stretching is important because it helps prevent soreness, increases flexibility and range of motion and assists in preventing exercise-related injuries.
Injuries stretching cannot prevent
There are, however, some injuries at the gym you cannot prevent by stretching. While these injuries may still consist of muscle pulls and strains, knee, leg or back injuries, they are injuries caused by gym accidents through using equipment incorrectly, assuming incorrect postures and technique during exercises, faulty equipment or trips, slips and falls.
This kind of gym accident must be prevented by gym owners by ensuring equipment is in good working order and you are shown how to use it correctly. Slips, trips and falls must be prevented by ensuring paths, walkways and flooring in communal areas are kept clutter free, dry and damage free.
You can also help to prevent accidents at the gym by using equipment as instructed and keeping an eye out for potential hazards.
When prevention fails
If you sustain an injury at the gym through no fault of your own, there is a chance that you could be eligible to claim for compensation. You can learn more about when and how to claim by contacting our Accident Advice Helpline team via our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 (using a UK landline) or 0333 500 0993 (using a mobile). Calls are obligation-free and confidential.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice