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Stretched and Unstressed

Have you ever noticed how much your coaches are stressing you about stretching?

 

With spring tryouts coming to an end, the coaches are doing just that here at South. Students are starting to notice it even more as they continue to play.

 

“[They are] very upfront with trying not to harm ourselves in any way while we play which can get you on the sidelines,” says Diana Riegg, Sophomore.

 

Though coaches are stressing so much about keeping athletes out of harm’s way, what if athletes end up not getting a chance to stretch at all?

 

“If I’m not able to stretch it’s always a lot worse than if I did so, I always try to stretch at home to reduce cramps,” says Addie Meehan, freshman.

 

Stretching is a big benefit with warm-ups as it improves the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the athlete’s exercise, according to healthguidance.org.  

 

“Out of my sport, I find myself stretching all the time. It helps me relax. I will usually do it before bed so I can sleep better or to just get a break from homework,” says Jovana Mccray, freshman.

 

This shows that some students use stretching as a way to vent stress.

 

“I try to stretch every morning if I have time because that’s when my body is relaxed the most. But I enjoy stretching a lot; it’s like a catharsis it relieves stress for me,” says Meehan.

 

But can stretching too much actually be harmful to the body?

 

Health Guidance also says 50 percent of sports injuries could have been prevented with stretching though stretching has its limits. Athletes usually stretch after an exercise to limit pain; however, stretching does not affect the pain at all–no positive or negative impact. Stretching should be kept moderate and too much stretching can be a bad thing.

 

Students are taking in stretching not to just prevent injuries and keep a healthy body but, to relieve stress and other emotions caused by sports or school.

 

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