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Stretching

Can stretching before a skate session improve your skating? Or does it do more bad than good for your muscles?


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Some scientific studies say stretching is good, some say it's bad. So basically it's proven and disproven at the same time.

Read the pro and contra arguments below, try it out for yourself and let us know the results!

Why you should stretch

Stretching can make your muscles more flexible. This can help you jump higher and perhaps make faster movements like flips.

If you land in a split, your muscles will already be stretched, so it might do less damage.


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Why you shouldn't stretch

If you overstretch, you might damage your muscles instead of making them flexible. Because of this, your muscles might feel sore even before you started.

Since the effects of stretching are very uncertain, why not use that stretching time to get pumped by watching a skatevid instead?

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mooner
mooner
I agree, I have gotten a lot more consistent because of stretching, and it helps me pump way faster.

6 April 2009 at 20:52

I agree, I have gotten a lot more consistent because of stretching, and it helps me pump way faster.
planbboy1305
planbboy1305
i find that strecthing really helps to

14 April 2009 at 02:31

i find that strecthing really helps to
Morell
Morell
Thanks, this seems to be what i needed to get that extra 'umph'!

5 May 2009 at 11:00

Thanks, this seems to be what i needed to get that extra 'umph'!
joeyboy
joeyboy
i usal warm up my just olling and pushing but ill try streching i need all the help i can get

27 May 2009 at 18:28

i usal warm up my just olling and pushing but ill try streching i need all the help i can get

subboy
subboy
i warm up by ollieing & tic-tacing it helps a lot u should try it!!!!

3 July 2009 at 13:25

i warm up by ollieing & tic-tacing it helps a lot u should try it!!!!
broadslider
broadslider
A couple of recent studies show that stretching before you do activities (such as skating), increases the chances of tearing ligaments (such as your ACL). Stretching causes tiny rips, which makes it easier for them to tear.

14 July 2009 at 09:36

A couple of recent studies show that stretching before you do activities (such as skating), increases the chances of tearing ligaments (such as your ACL). Stretching causes tiny rips, which makes it easier for them to tear.



zerordie
zerordie
this works i stretch and run and do light workouts every morning and me performance really improves.

2 August 2009 at 06:00

this works i stretch and run and do light workouts every morning and me performance really improves.
the_skater123
the_skater123
i hate stretching i get hurt more!

5 August 2009 at 20:30

i hate stretching i get hurt more!
TREANNATOR789
TREANNATOR789
I don't stretch unless I am going for a long line or session.

10 August 2009 at 12:42

I don't stretch unless I am going for a long line or session.
tomma121
tomma121
great tip

23 August 2009 at 17:11

great tip

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