How to get warm, not hurt yourself, and look awesome part II
Did you know that almost 48 percent of American men will go to the hospital at least once in their lives for an injury suffered during a recreational sport?
That is a jarring statistic. Fortunately, it’s also a made-up one. Still, it sure sounds true, doesn’t it?
Think about the last time you played a recreational sport. I’m guessing most of your friends didn’t take the time to get loose before they started playing. In addition, I’d guess the last athletic thing done by a good number of them was playing the same recreational sport two weeks prior.
Now think about the next day. Did you or your friends chat about how cripplingly sore you were? I’m guessing at least one participant in the recreational basketball league took the rest of the week off to heal, even though his body would probably have been better served by some low impact movements (i.e., active recovery).
Should your friend have made the effort to exercise in the two weeks between rec-league sports? Of course. But this article is not about the dangers of living a sedentary lifestyle—I’ve already covered that topic. This is about the dangers of going from 0 to 60 without warming up.
I can’t emphasize this enough: you cannot safely attempt to play a competitive sport without properly preparing your body.
For this week, we’ve got a new set of dynamic stretches that prep your legs for squats, basketball, or anything involving your legs and moving them: