It is an all-too common fact that most athletes don’t properly warm-up and stretch before playing or practicing for the game. As a result, this can lead to many AVOIDABLE INJURIES. The constant stop and start motion of fielding the ball or running the bases can put stress on the body if you aren’t properly prepared. STRETCHING is one of the most under-utilized techniques for improving your athletic performance, preventing injury and rehabilitating an injury.
It’s time to learn how to keep you in the game so that your team can count on you in the clutch.
Stand up with your hand behind the middle of your back and your elbow pointing out. Reach over with your other hand and gently pull your elbow forward.
Lie down on your back and bend your knees. Let them fall to one side and keep your arms out to the side as well. Let your back and hips rotate with your knees.
Stand up straight and hold onto a nearby fence or railing to steady yourself. Slowly kick your right leg out in front of you and allow gravity to bring your leg back down. Alternate between your left and right leg for a total of 20 reps on each leg.
Place one arm straight out in front and parallel to the ground. Rotate your wrist down and outwards. Then, use your other hand to further rotate your hand upwards.
Lie on your back with your legs flat against the ground and lift one leg into the air so that it forms a 90-degree angle with the ground. Interlock your hands beneath the thigh that is raised and gently pull your leg down toward your chest. Try to keep both legs straight. Alternate legs and do five sets of 15-second holds.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that something that seems as simple as stretching won’t be effective. These softball stretches are a great place to start. A softball stretching routine is an essential part of a softball training program.