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Are you Stretching or Warming Up?

Mar19,2013

Are You Stretching or Warming Up?

Being a gymnastics coach; specifically Trampoline and Tumbling, a sub-discipline of gymnastics; I receive a technical magazine called “Technique” from USA Gymnastics. In the November/December 2010 issue there was an excellent article called “Are You Stretching or Warming Up?” by Megan Gearhart.  Megan is a physical therapist and a former World Tumbling Champion, and I think she has written one of the best and clearest articles on stretching that I have read.  Here is my summary of the important points, plus some of my own “spin”.

The Stretch Reflex:  Whenever a muscle is stretched beyond its normal resting length the stretch reflex will occur.  Sensors in the muscle called “muscle spindles” signal the spinal cord that the muscle is being stretched and the spinal cord sends back a signal to the muscle telling it to contract.  This is done in order to protect the muscle and joint from possible injury.  It doesn’t matter how fast you stretch, the mere action of stretching will invoke the stretch reflex.  The faster or more ballistic the stretch the more intense the invoked muscle contraction will be.  The standard example of this is the knee jerk when the doctor hits you on the patella tendon.  If you stretch and hold the stretch for 10 or more seconds the muscle spindle gradually becomes accustomed to the new length and reduces its signaling to the spinal cord, allowing the muscle to relax slightly and also elongate more.

There are five basic types of stretching.

Static:   The muscle is taken to a point of mild stretch and held there for 15 to 30 seconds.  The muscle is then relaxed and the action is repeated, typically 2 to 4 times.  Static stretching has been found to increase range of motion but does not increase core temperature.

Passive:  Similar to static stretching but with a partner who is applying the stretch slowly and holding it for 15 to 30 seconds.  As with static stretching, passive stretching has been found to increase range of motion but does not increase core temperature.  With this method the partner must be very careful not to over-stretch the athlete and maybe cause injury.

Dynamic:  Involves active motions that gradually increase in speed and range of motion.  Good examples include arm circles; leg swinging and rapid knee lifts.  Dynamic stretch increases range of motion but also increases core temperature and helps the muscles warm up.

Ballistic:  Involves bouncing the muscle past its normal range of motion.  Since this aggressively invokes the stretch reflex the muscle contracts to fight against the bouncing and this can cause injury to the muscle.

PNF:  Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation also known as contract-relax stretching.  This is performed with a partner, so as in passive stretching, the partner must be careful in properly applying the pressure.  The partner slowly pushes the athlete to the stretched position (10 to 15 seconds).  Then the athlete contracts and pushes back against the partner (7 to 15 seconds).  Finally the athlete relaxes (2 to 3 seconds) and the partner pushes the athlete further into the stretch (another 10 to 15 seconds).  This sequence is typically repeated 3 or 4 times.  PNF is very effective for gains in range of motion.

Warm up versus Stretching

A decision must be made as to what is the goal of the stretching method.  Are you wishing to increase range of motion or warm up for activity?

Dynamic stretching has been found to improve performance in high intensity activities, whereas static stretching immediately before jumping activities has been found to inhibit performance, for as long as two hours.  Also, of all the methods mentioned so far, the only method that increases core temperature is dynamic stretching.  On the other hand research has shown that both static and PNF stretching increase flexibility better than dynamic stretching.  Ballistic stretching is not recommended since it tends to cause muscle soreness and even injury.

The bottom line is that dynamic stretching is great for warm up but not so great for large gains in range of motion.  Static and PNF stretching are great for increasing range of motion but should be done after training so as not to hinder power and speed during training.  If you insist on stretching at the beginning of the work out then at least warm up first, don’t use static or dynamic stretching on cold muscles as it less effective and could cause injury.

For the complete text of Megan’s article, the USA Gymnastics website has an awesome online magazine archive with all the back issues of Technique. 

Reference

Megan Gearhart.  Are You Stretching or Warming Up?  Technique (Magazine).  USA Gymnastics. November/December 2011.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Golfers

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Golfers

by David MacKenzie

 

1. They practice in right way:

Life is short. So why anyone would want to spend hundreds of hours trying to improve in the wrong way is crazy. Beating ball after ball at the same target at the driving range and coming away thinking you’ve mastered the game only takes you backwards. How many golfers wish they could take their range game to the course? 99% of them. The other 1% (the elite), practice in a way that is challenging and simulates course conditions. Hitting a bucket of balls to the same target over and over is easy and it’s nothing like playing on the course. The top players make every second count when practicing, so they’re working all areas of the game to the max. The first thing to do in trying to get better at golf is to think about the way you practice, and change your routine. I’ve worked with many players of all abilities and the thing that correlates most to performance is the way you practice. Make practice hard and challenge yourself.

2. They Stay in the Present:

Staying in the present means that you give whatever you are doing your complete, undivided attention. E.g. if you are playing with your kids, that’s all you’re doing, not thinking about work. In golf, this means your’re not thinking about your score, how your playing partners might be judging your performance, why you think you just sliced that shot or 3 putted the last hole. All your energy is on the shot at hand and then enjoying the walk in between.

It’s easy to see how counter-productive it is not to be in the present – just think back to your last round where you started playing well and subsequently thought about shooting your best score, only for your game to unravel. Being solely in the present is easier said than done I know (like everything else it takes practice), but there are good techniques to prevent these tension causing shifts in thinking.

3. They continually work on the fundamentals:

Good players understand the importance of the fundamentals as it’s the foundation for a good golf swing. How you grip the club, how far you stand from the ball, how good your posture is, how good your ball position is and how well you align and are all way more important than just trying to swing the club correctly. The fundamentals need to be worked on continuously as it’s easy to get into bad habits – even the best players have to do so.

 

4. They play with visualization and feel, not swing mechanics:

The eyes are probably the golfer’s most important asset. The top players are always picking small targets and imagining how the shot will look. How clearly you define your target and your shot shape before playing each shot will have a huge impact on how well you execute it. When you practice and play golf,  become aware of the feelings of shots e.g. ask yourself when you hit a fade how that felt.

5. They work on a highly repeatable routine:

The top players in the world all go through the exact same routine before every shot, even down to the number of practice swings. Watch the top players in the world and you’d notice that the number of seconds it takes to go through their pre-shot routine is the same every time. The shot routine is something I cover in the Golf State of Mind Game Improvement Training program.

6. They know how to calm themselves down when the pressure is on.

I’ve worked with enough players to know that the good ones know powerful techniques to calm themselves down to prevent nerves turning into panic and negatively affecting performance. There are many ways to do this such as breathing techniques for golf or having special thoughts/places to go in your head in between shots. I recently heard that Jesper Parnevik would try to solve math problems in his head when it all got too much out there! So there are countless ways to do it!

7. They know the power of acceptance and moving on:

Being able to accept every shot whatever the outcome is an attribute that all the top players possess. Although very difficult to achieve, the optimal state for golf would be if you could become emotionally indifferent to good and bad shots. Padraig Harrington tells himself as part of his pre-shot routine that although he has a positive intention for the shot, if it doesn’t go where he wants it to, it’s better to accept it and move on, than get upset. Try verbalizing this in your head before your next shot.

Become aware of these things and make sure you make every second of practice and playing time count! Practice in the right way and you will see continuous improvement.

 
 
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Golf has been the major focus of Jordan's life for over 25 years! Whether it was Junior Golf, Collegiate Division I Golf or Professional Golf, she has the experience and knowledge to help you improve your game! 

If you are looking for help in any area of your game, you've come to the right spot. Jordan has the ability to help you improve swing fundamentals and mechanics in every person at any level in order to increase consistency and repeatability. Having a solid foundation of posture, stance, balance and grip is the base for building and improving anyone's golf game!  With a solid foundation, scores will really come down quickly when you focus on the "Scoring Zone" of 100 yards and in. Chipping, pitch shots and putting fundamentals and knowing when to use them is the best way to shoot lower scores FAST!

 
 

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