How to Stretch before Sprinting

Learn how to stretch before sprinting from sprinting coach Shane Paul Neil in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Hi. My name is Shane Paul Neil from City Coach Multisport and I'll be talking about how to stretch before sprinting.

When most people think of stretching, they think of the general static movements like toe touches, holding your foot in your hand in order to stretch your quadriceps, things of that nature. It's more recommended that you do what's called dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching involves a lot of sweeping movements in which case your body or the limb that you're stretching will go in a full range of motion. What this does is prepare your body for the rapid movement of sprinting. Whether it's elongating the muscle or contracting the muscle over and over again.

While most of us are used to static stretching, it doesn't truly prepare your body for the movement that will come with sprinting ? a bevy of other sports. One example of a dynamic stretch is the dynamic hamstring stretch, in which case an athlete will roll onto their back, roll forward again and touch one toe, fall back, come forward again and touch the other toe. You generally want to do 10 to 15 reps of each stretch. You want to make sure you're hitting all the major muscle groups including your quads, your hamstrings, your hip flexors and your IT bands. And that's how to stretch before sprinting.

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