Stretching : How to make the right movements ?

This question has been asked in the sports world for some time. There are health professionals and athletes who recommend stretching after each session and those who say that stretching after exercise is no longer absolutely necessary, launching the debate. So what is the answer?


Before talking about positive recommendations for stretching, it is a good idea to recall its definition.


Our colleagues at Kalenji describe stretching as "switching on your muscles or muscle groups, by pulling them stretched. Stretching also loosens up joints to prevent tendino-muscle injury."


And flexibility is essential for swimming. Why?
Because it permits extended movements which are thus more effective, especially when you are swimming the crawl.


Stretching also helps relax your joints. This avoids the risk of tendonitis, sprains or pulling muscles. Thus, by reducing the stiffness of muscles, certain targeted exercises will allow you to extend your movements and move more easily along a defined path.


Finally, athletes all agree that stretching after a workout can limit the onset of muscle soreness the next day. But it also helps reduce the risk of injury.


As we already explained earlier in this article, for some time certain athletes and health professionals have recommended against post-exercise stretching.


But why?
Because contrary to popular belief, stretching does not promote recovery, it only makes a small contribution!


After exercise, physiotherapists are categorical: "after being at maximum amplitude for a long period, stretching can block the blood return required for recovery and worsen micro-lesions."


They therefore recommend other more appropriate techniques, such as a hot or cold bath, electro-stimulation, a massage performed by a specialist or going for a bike ride, but a gentle one!


Of course, it is strongly recommended that you rehydrate and eat after exercising: water, tea, dried fruit, etc. to replenish your energy reserves and promote the recovery phase.


As you can see, opinions differ widely on the subject. However, only you know your own body! It's up to you to decide if stretching is beneficial after a swimming session.


Some people feel less soreness the next day, others say that it helps them to sleep, and for others, it's just a habit. It's your choice!