Hands up who likes stretching? Just what we thought - no one. Let’s face it, it’s boring. What sort of lunatic wants to stand in an uncomfortable position in the freezing cold, when they could be whalloping balls into an empty net?
The sort of lunatic who wants to improve their performance and avoid injury, that’s who.
Stretching before a game can increase your range of motion and lengthen your muscles, helping you to generate more force - meaning you’ll be able to leap higher, shoot harder and run faster.
Not so boring now is it? To avoid injuries and upgrade your game, watch this video and learn the basics with England physio, Steve Kemp.
For more football tips see:
Louis Smith's stretching school
Repair your body with pilates
How to avoid injury
Get the most out of your pre-match warm up
Kick-off on the front foot
The ultimate half-time warm up