Post-game celebrations are always fun.
However, they don't often include an important part of the post-game cool down.
Not only is stretching great for muscle health, it can also help limit soreness and even prevent injury.
In case you didn't know, there are two types of stretches: dynamic stretches and static stretches.
Dynamic stretches are done pre-game and include moving your body as part of the stretch.
Static stretches are stationary and are great for cooling-down.
Today I’m going to share with you some great post-game stretches you can do with your kids.
It will help them quickly recover from the game and minimize any soreness from the tired muscles.
It’s rather funny that our first stretch is named after kids, but that makes it the perfect one to begin with.
Start by kneeling on the ground with your knees spread apart. Slowly begin moving your head towards the ground while still leaving the knees and toes on the ground too.
Once there, take your hands and lay them in front of you with palms up.
This stretch is great for the lower back and also helps kids wind down after an intense game.
This next stretch is really great for arm flexibility and also helps prevent upper back soreness.
Start by placing your arms out in front of you with your thumbs facing down.
Slowly begin to bring them back which should bring your shoulder blades closer together as well.
Hold there and take a few deep breaths then return to original position.
Your child can repeat this several times until their arms feel loose and relaxed.
Kids love this stretch, and it is a great one for stretching sore legs (especially thighs).
This works especially well if your kids tend to run nonstop in their favorite sport or game.
Start by sitting down and putting the soles of your feet together.
This should “resemble” a butterfly’s wings.
Now gently take your hands or elbows and press your knees towards the ground.
This increases the intensity of the stretch and can decrease cramps and pain from sports related injuries.
Calves tend to get sore more frequently than other muscles. And it totally makes sense why.
Running and playing games can really works those muscles, so stretching this muscle is extra important.
Start by placing your hands on a wall.
Keep one leg next to the wall and move the other one back while keeping the heel down.
You’ll begin to feel the stretch. Hold each leg in that position about 30 seconds.
Rotate between legs as long as desired.
This is probably the most well-known of the stretches.
It’s great for your kids to help prevent or heal back pain.
Start by standing with your legs together.
Slowly bend over with your arms reaching for your toes.
They don’t have to touch their toes, but if they can that’s fine!
Keep a slight bend in your knees the whole time and take several deep breaths.
Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds, then slowly bring your back and arms up.
After the next game, grab your athlete and try some of these stretches together.
You’ll both feel better afterwards. And you’ll be instilling a healthy habit.
It’s a win/win.
Now, get to stretching!