SIS News Archive

Physical Education: Dynamic vs Static Stretching
Posted 05/28/2014 11:22AM



WHAT DO YOU DO BEFORE YOU WORK OUT?

WHAT DO YOU TEACH YOUR ATHLETES TO DO DURING SPORTS PRACTICE?

In all physical education (PE) classes at Shekou International School, we teach students about the benefits of dynamic stretches and the issues surrounding static stretches. However, not everyone knows about the recent research and still does what their PE teacher or coach taught them to do when they were at school. It is still common practice to see students performing static stretches. However, science, has moved on and as teachers or coaches we must keep up to date.

Researchers have now proved that holding a stretch actually weakens the muscle. In a study conducted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, athletes generated less force from their leg muscles after static stretching than they did after not stretching at all. “There is a neuromuscular inhibitory response to static stretching,” says McHugh, Director of Research at the Nicholas Institute, New York City. The straining muscle becomes less responsive and stays weakened for up to 30 minutes after stretching (G. Reynolds, October 31, 2008, New York Times)

Stretching muscles while moving, on the other hand, a technique known as dynamic stretching or dynamic warm-ups, increases power, flexibility and range of motion. Muscles in motion don’t experience that insidious inhibitory response. They instead get what McHugh calls “an excitatory message” to perform. (G. Reynolds, October 31, 2008, New York Times)

Dynamic stretching is at its most effective when it’s relatively sports specific. You need range-of-motion exercises that activate all of the joints and connective tissue that will be needed for the task ahead. (Terrence Mahon, Team Running USA, 2010)
Dynamic stretching examples please watch the videos below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtPZZorRpMo - New York Times video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INDEd3HPjhw
- Dynamic group warm up ideas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPRUzAFsrI4 - Dynamic group warm up ideas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfEFc7hN4Dk  - Dynamic Individual warm up

Next time you are going to do your own workout, play sports or coach, think dynamic!

Esther Wright, Elementary School PE Teacher

#shekouart

Calendar Events

  • There are no events to display.

China

Shekou International School

Early Childhood and Elementary School Mountainside Campus

Jing Shan Villas, Nanhai Blvd
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518067 PRC
Phone: 86-755-2669-3669
Fax: 86-755-2667-4099

Middle School and High School Bayside Campus

A-101, Coastal Rose Phase 2, Wanghai Road,
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong PRC, 518067

USA

International Schools Services

15 Roszel Road, PO Box 5910
Princeton, NJ 08543
Phone: 01-609-452-0990
Fax: 01-609-452-2690

About SIS

Welcome to Shekou International School (SIS). Established in 1988, SIS is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Admissions

Shekou International School presently has over 800 students representing more than 40 different countries including the US, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, France and Germany.

Learning @ SIS

At SIS learning is the focus. See how students are challenged from an early age in a contemporary and academically rigorous environment.

Life @ SIS

SIS provides students with a wide range of creative, scholastic and athletic experiences to engage in.

Working @ SIS

Are you a passionate educator looking to join a contemporary learning community? We'd love to hear from you.

Community

Stay connected. Keep in touch with key information for parents and guardians of our students.

Contact Us

Want to learn more about SIS? Contact us.
email page print page small type large type
powered by finalsite