In the hockey community, there has long been major debate about which type of stretching is better- dynamic stretching or static stretching. In truth, though, it’s not about which one is right; it’s about finding the right combination of both and doing the right stretches at the right time.
Dynamic stretches are joint and/or muscle stretches that involve repetitive motion. This type of stretching is what you want before a game or practice since it will help to warm up the muscles and joints and get them ready for the stress they’re about to be put under.
Static stretching, on the other hand, asks you to hold a joint or muscle in a certain position, rather than repeatedly moving that joint or muscle. These stretches help to relax muscles and joints and prevent soreness. For this reason, they are best suited to after a hockey game or practice.
Try Lunges Before a Game
While there are all kinds of dynamic stretches that you can do, lunges are some of the best for hockey players. That’s because they are effective at warming up the entire leg and getting it ready to skate, spring forward, and do all the other moves that hockey calls for.
Stretch Your Quads After a Game
After athletes have played their hearts out, it’s a good idea for them to try quad stretches, a great form of static stretching.
One leg at a time, simply bring the foot to the glutes, balance, and gently push the hips forward. This will prevent leg soreness and stiffness.
There are many other great static and dynamic stretches to try. No matter which ones you do, try to incorporate both, but just remember when to do which types of stretches for best results.