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| "This is
my first year cheering... when I'm up in the air, I wanna do
something really cool...like a scorpian..But I'd have to be
using my left leg because I'm standing on my right foot since
I have better balance on that leg....but the problem with using
my left leg, is I always have been much more flexible with my
right leg and not so much on my left leg..Help!"
It doesn't take long to figure out flexibility plays a major role in Cheerleading.
Just watch any Cheerleader perform a jump, do a high kick or slide down
into the splits and the fact that flexibility is important to the sport
becomes very obvious. So any time spent on flexibility will definitely
improve your Cheerleading. Focus on your flexibility.
Flexibility is the ability
of a joint to move in a full range of motion. It is the ability to stretch
your arms, legs, and other joints of your body. It is also the elasticity
of the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint. Stretching improves
Why Become More Flexible?
The benefits of improving
your flexibility are many. Here are just a few good reasons:
improves your performance. When a joint is flexible it will take less
energy to move it in a greater range of motion.
- Prevents injury and
soreness. Stretching improves muscular balance and relaxation and also
decreases the resistance of your tissues, therefore you are less likely
to become injured or sore.
- Flexibility (stretching)
increases blood supply and nutrients to your joints and surrounding
tissue. This in turn promotes greater elasticity and improved performance.
- Improves muscle coordination.
Stretching improves the time a nerve impulse takes to travel to your
brain and back. This helps muscle groups to work together and improves
How To Increase Your
There are two sayings
that are you should keep in mind when trying to improve your flexibility.
The first one
is - "Use It or Lose It" - Your muscles, tendons and
ligaments need a constant reminder of their ability to stretch. It is
important to stretch all groups from your neck to your toes. And the
second saying is - "Over Time, Not Overnight" - Increased
flexibility takes time, it does not happen overnight. Work at it every
chance you get, while you're watching TV, talking on the phone, reading
a magazine, or sitting at your computer. Keep stretching. Here are some
tips to keep in mind while stretching:
every day, more if possible.
before you stretch. Never stretch a cold muscle.
- Stretch only to the
point that you feel a tug. You should not feel pain and should never
- Hold each stretch
10 -30 seconds then relax and repeat. As you improve, take your stretch
a little further, but never to the point of extreme pain.
- Always stretch both
sides of your body in the same way and stretch all muscles groups (i.e.
arms, shoulders, groin).
- Breathe correctly.
Exhale as you begin your stretch and then relax and breath normally.
Do not hold your breath while stretching or tense up. Relax and concentrate.
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