Active Isolated Stretching
Done correctly, it will improve flexibility and aid recovery, allowing you to train and hence compete at a higher level.
Injury Prevention. Exercise causes muscles to contract / shorten, leading eventually to tight muscles followed by injury.
Before: you do a session, but after you have done a warm up jog so as the muscles are supple.
After: All training sessions, no matter how short or easy the session may have felt, or how tired you might feel.
- The End Aim:
To make training more enjoyable and to get more benefit out of your training.
Take your stretching seriously. Commitment to training means commitment to every aspect of training, including stretching.
- How To Do It:
All of the information you need is in an article on Gerard Hartmann's website, this is the same article as the "Hope on a Rope" Irish Runner article. (There is also a local copy of that article.)