during bars, vaults, and rings activities. So today we will be dicussing one stretch from each section of the body; upper, middle and lower. Now you don't have to be a gymnast to do these stretch, imstead use the flexibility of the gymnasts as impiration and motivation.
To do this stretch the stretcher should lie on their stomach with one knee flexed to 90 degrees and their foot as far back as possible (toes towards their shin). The partner supports the leg with their hand around the stretchers ankle and the other on the heel of the stretcher with their forearm along the length of the stretchers foot. The partner offers resistance as the stretcher attempts to point their toes. After this stretch the stretcher relaxes and inhales deeply with their foot in the starting position. On the exhale the stretcher should contract the tibialis anterior (trying the push their toes towards their shin).
Obviously we could not include every stretch required for this activity instead this blog aimed to cover the main stretches used and maybe a few you may not have thought of previously. Please remember to follow the safe stretching tips we have given you in the previous blog as well as the individual safety tips for static and PNF stretching. Finally good luck to all our athletes at the current Olympics, especially the men and women participating in gymnastics.
Images taken from "Lower Body Stretches" wall chart by B. Walker.
Images taken from "Upper Body Stretches" wall chart by B. Walker.