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All About Stretching For Cyclists

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Stretching. Is it good for you or isn’t it? What's the difference between a static and dynamic stretch? What are the best stretches for cyclists? What is the proper way to stretch? Don’t worry. We’ve got all the answers. And we’ve compiled them right here for you. So, go ahead and do some light reading before your next stretch.

1. Tips for Proper Stretching

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Though static stretching is widely practiced among cyclists and other athletes, recent studies have called its benefits into question, and dynamic stretching has been found superior to prepare for activity. About.com spoke with Gregory Reardon, DPT, CSCS, doctor of physical therapy and certified strength and conditioning specialist who believes stretching is absolutely beneficial as part of one’s training routine. In this interview, Dr. Reardon of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Manhasset, NY, discusses the importance of proper stretching technique and offers tips for stretching with a foam roller before beginning a dynamic warm-up. Hint: Stretching should not cause pain!

2. 5 Reasons Stretching Is Good For You

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“Although studies about the benefits of stretching are mixed, stretching may help you improve your joint range of motion, which in turn may help improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury,” says the Mayo Clinic. In this article, the controversy behind stretching is revealed – discover why it is being debated and what experts have to say about it. In addition, Donald Rourke, PT, physical therapist and certified myofascial stretch therapist at Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation Services of the North Shore-LIJ Health System in East Meadow, NY, shares the top five benefits of stretching. Find out what they are in this article.

3. 5 Good Stretches For Mountain Bikers - Part 1

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A. Dale Fernandez, D.C., chiropractor and a League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor, believes that teaching others about their body's basic biomechanics is the greatest way to prevent injury. As an added bonus, it helps to increase performance as well. Dr. Fernandez tells About.com that he also helps to organize community bike rides, in which stretching plays an integral role. “I suggest they be done only after a five minute warm-up ride on the bicycle at a super easy pace,” he says, and suggest cyclists arrive 30 minutes early for group rides to make sure they have  ensure plenty of time to stretch. In this article, Dr. Fernandez shares the top five areas cyclists should be stretching.

4. 5 Good Stretches For Mountain Bikers - Part 2

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Stretching helps to prevent injury and increase your performance on the bike, says A. Dale Fernandez, D.C., chiropractor and League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor. Dr. Fernandez, who commutes daily to the clinic on his bike and even tries to sneak in a mid-day ride to clear his mind and prepare himself for the second half of the work day, discusses more areas of the body cyclists should stretch in this two-part interview. Find out what stretches he recommends and how to perform them properly in this article.

5. 5 More Stretches for Cyclists

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AJ Zelinski, DC, ART, a treating doctor at the Ironman World Triathlon Championships for several years, has treated world-class athletes from all over the country and specializes in triathletes, cyclists and runners. As the only biomechanics certified doctor in the Central Texas area, Dr. Zelinski dedicates his practice to musculoskeletal and neurological disorders with an emphasis on sports injuries and pediatric sport-related disorders. A mountain biker himself, Dr. Zelinski says knee pain, lower back pain and neck pain are the most common cycling injuries and pain he sees in his practice. In this article, he offers the following five stretches to help cyclists avoid the most common complaints of pain.

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