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.
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Louis Smith's stretching school
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Joe is the Deputy Editor at FourFourTwo, having risen through the FFT academy and been on the brand since 2013 in various capacities.
By weekend and frustrating midweek night he is a Leicester City fan, and in 2020 co-wrote the autobiography of former Foxes winger Matt Piper – subsequently listed for both the Telegraph and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards.
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