Dynamic means “with movement” so dynamic stretches are those that involve some form of bouncing, swinging or other movement.
What is dynamic flexibility?
When we refer to a person’s flexibility, we’re often referring to their ability to position their body in certain ways with the ability to hold that position.
Dynamic flexibility, on the other hand, is a person’s flexibility while in motion. For example, a pitcher’s arm flexibility when he throws or a ballerina’s leg flexibility while dancing. The flexibility of joints and muscles during rapid movement is not the same as a person’s static flexibility. All sports require some form of dynamic flexibility.
Is dynamic stretching dangerous?
All forms of stretching (and exercise) can be dangerous if done incorrectly. It’s important to understand what muscle groups you are working when you perform stretches and balance each stretch with one that works opposing muscles.
Dynamic stretches have an added risk of injury due to the movement involved. Not only does the stretch need to be held properly and with the appropriate amount of tension, but the movement needs to be completed correctly as well.
If you have been advised to add dynamic stretches to your routine, start out slowly and gently. Use slow movements and low tension to start, paying particular attention to your form. Ease your muscles into these stretches for the best results.
If you’d like more information about dynamic stretching and how to use it correctly, plus a sample video of dynamic stretching exercises, take a look at my comprehensive article titled; Dynamic Stretching Explained.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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