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Stretching involves taking soft tissue (muscle, ligament, nerve, tendon, any non-bony structure) to the end of its available range and holding it there for any length of time. It’s a good way of assisting soft tissue repair and maintaining flexibility and tone.

Stretching can be static or dynamic.

Static stretching involves holding a stretch position for longer than 10 seconds – usually 30 seconds, depending on what you are trying to achieve.

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Dynamic stretching involves taking the muscle quickly into a stretch position and then off again. The aims of dynamic stretching are:

Generally dynamic stretching is performed in pre-exercise warm up.
A good warm up may look like: