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Crucial for Injury Prevention and Performance in Football

#1 Flexibility aids in opposing muscles working together

A muscle can only contract as forcefully as its antagonist can relax (the quadriceps muscle for example will contract more quickly if the hamstring muscle group relaxes easily). Flexibility training has been shown to reduce tension and resistance in muscle tissue.

#2 Muscle imbalances leads to injuries.

A Quarter Back uses the same arm to throw thousands of passes over and over again. One side of the body becomes more developed and is placed under

more stress than the other. Stretching regularly is essential for maintaining balance and reducing the risk of long term, chronic injury.

#3 Football requires movements that involve a wide range of motion!

Flexibility can help prevent injuries by minimizing strains and pulls to muscles and ligaments. Flexibility maintains the integrity of your muscles, tendons, and ligaments during the rigors of game play.

#4 Speed mechanics can be improved through increased flexibility

Having increased range of motion in the hip, knee, and ankle joints will increase turnover rate (stride frequency) as well as the ability to lengthen stride during top-speed sprinting.

#5 Flexibility creates and athletic advantage

Because much of the game is reactive, increasing flexibility will also give you the ability to react quickly in multiple directions and stay a step ahead of your opponent.

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