1. Stretching Increases Flexibility
2. Stretching Helps Prepare for a WorkoutStretching increases an divers’ breathing rate, elevates the heart rate, warms muscles, and helps produce fluids that in a sense, lubricate a joint. This helps an athlete better prepare for practice or competition.
3. Stretching Improves CirculationStretching increases blood flow to your muscles and aids in their recovery following a workout or competition. This improved circulation can also help speed recovery after injuries.
4. Stretching Promotes Better Posture.Have you ever seen a diver with bad posture – probably not. Body posture and body alignment are important elements of diving, and stretching aids in both developing, and keeping good posture. Stretchng keeps your muscles from getting tight after a workout, minimizes aches and pains, and allows a diver to maintain proper posture throughout their athletic career.
5. Stretching Can Relieve Stress and Promote Mental AwarenessStretching relaxes tense muscles that often accompany stress. By relieving stress, an athlete can increase mental and physical relaxation, allowing for better training and the ability to compete.
6. Stretching Helps Prevent Injury
It is generally held belief that stretching helps prevent injury. A more flexible athlete with a higher level of physical fitness will be less likely to incur injury, and will recover quicker from an injury once it has occurred.
Always remember, any stretching program should be implemented and monitored by a certified coach, or strength and conditioning professional. Stretching without proper supervision can lead to an increased risk of injury. Always consult with a professional prior to embarking on any stretching or conditioning program.