Dynamic Stretching vs. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching--which is right for you? The answer could be either or probably both!
Dynamic stretching is an excellent stretching method for pre-competition movement. It helps warm up your muscles while you are moving and stretching in coordinated movements.
On the other hand, PNF stretching is best utilized to improve range of motion. Though it can be used as a warm-up or cool down, it is not as good of a warm-up prior to athletic event as dynamic stretching.
Both PNF and Dynamic stretching can improve range of motion. Additionally, neither PNF nor Dynamic stretching are contraindicated stretching methods (such as Ballistic Stretching). There's also static stretching to consider by reaching forward to a point of tension, then holding the stretch. Static stretching is important for injury prevention and performance enhancement.
So, which one is right for you? Well, what activity are you stretching for? Identify your goal, then you'll know the best stretch for you.
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