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What is Dynamic Stretching? Benefits and contraindications?

Dynamic stretching is a type of stretching that involves movement and active muscular effort to increase range of motion and flexibility. It is often used as a warm-up before a physical activity or sport. Dynamic stretching involves moving the body through a range of motion, using controlled movements to gradually increase flexibility and prepare the muscles for more intense activity.

Benefits of dynamic stretching include:

  • Improved flexibility and range of motion: Dynamic stretching helps to increase the flexibility of the muscles and joints, improving mobility and range of motion.
  • Improved performance: Dynamic stretching helps to warm up the muscles and prepare them for more intense activity, leading to improved performance.
  • Reduced risk of injury: Dynamic stretching helps to reduce the risk of injury by preparing the muscles for more intense activity.
  • Increased blood flow: Dynamic stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, promoting optimal function.

Contraindications of dynamic stretching include:

  • Muscular strains or sprains: If you have a muscle strain or sprain, it’s best to avoid dynamic stretching until the injury has healed.
  • Acute injuries: If you have an acute injury, such as a fracture or dislocation, dynamic stretching may aggravate the injury and should be avoided.
  • Joint problems: If you have a joint problem, such as arthritis, dynamic stretching may aggravate the condition and should be avoided or modified to avoid pain or discomfort.
  • Lack of experience: If you are new to dynamic stretching, it’s important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the stretches to avoid injury.

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