Breaking Down Stretch Techniques for Corrective Exercise and Performance

While there is a seemingly endless supply of articles touting “the best way to stretch,” the truth is there is no one-size-fits-all approach to stretching. In fact, the appropriate application of stretching techniques can be different for each client, depending on the client’s needs and goals and at which point in the workout the stretches are performed.

Stretching for corrective exercise and performance are not necessarily different or contradictory concepts. It isn’t uncommon to begin working with an athlete of any age and any skill level, who performs well, but is struggling with chronic or recurring injuries. Once that client is released by his or her doctor, your program design must include a combination of mobility and stability exercises to create a good foundation for strength and power increases.

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is the leading nonprofit health and fitness certification organization, representing more than 70,000 certified health and fitness professionals.