Shoulder stretches may be varied according to your creativity. However, a good starting point is the Overhead Shoulder Stretch. Begin by placing both arms directly above your head and clasping your hands loosely. Use your left arm to pull your right arm overhead to your left and hold the stretched position for 10-30 seconds.
Trunk circles are always appropriate as long as they are performed in a very slow and controlled manner. Place your hands on your hips and bend gently to your left, rear, right and front, pausing for several seconds in each position. After completing the circle, repeat this procedure in the reverse direction.
By preparing your musculoskeletal system prior to the spring sports season, and by staying loose during your activity sessions, you should experience both a lower risk of injury and a high level of athletic performance.
Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA. He is editorial advisor for many publications, including Shape Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Club Industry Magazine, and Men's Health Magazine, and author of several fitness books including the new releases, Building Strength and Stamina, and Strength Training Past 50. Dr. Westcott was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from IDEA, and the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is fitness research director at the South
Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA., and author of several fitness books
including the new releases, Building Strength and Stamina and Strength
Training Past 50.
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