I played college football, but didn’t do this. It was only after I finished my physical therapy degree that I started to do this – daily stretching. Every day, with few exceptions, I stretch my neck, spine and extremities. Studies show that stretching consistently significantly lessens the risk of injuries, especially of the spine, shoulders, hips and knees.
Here is my routine:
- Stretch AFTER every workout, yes after
- Do these 5 lower extremity stretches
- Do these neck and low back stretches
What about shoulders? Unless your a major league pitcher, you don’t need to do much more than reach to the sky daily, as in a sun salutation.