What's Your Pre-Game Rituals or Superstitions?
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03-29-2013, 03:49 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
It entirely depends on what kind of stretching you do. You don't want to do static stretching(Stretch and hold type stuff). That is like lifting in terms of how your muscles react. If you stretch like that, and then rest, then do more exercise it can lead to muscle pulls. And of course, hockey is a completely stop and start kind of game with bench rests in between.
Dynamic stretching however is just fine. Stretches with repeatable motion. Deep knee bends, plyo, lateral skaters, lunges, etc. Those can help warm and loosen up the joints. I find if I don't do those it takes me 10 minutes or so to feel like I am flexible out there(I am old, it takes longer to get the motor running). When I don't have a chance to stretch, it really bothers me. 40+ years of having that drummed into your head probably has something to do with that.
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