Why are these important for health and performance?
A balance of these three factors can ensure your body is ready to take on what you demand of it.
Strength – The ability of a muscle to generate a force, allowing you to either move a joint or hold it in a position against resistance. You must ensure that you have adequate strength to complete the activity you are participating in, to reduce the risk of overworking and damaging body tissues. Gradually pushing strength limits in small increments and allowing the body to adapt improves strength safely.
Stability – The ability of multiple muscles to work in coordination to maintain stability around a joint. This improves control and movement efficiency, as the joint/part of the body remains in a stable position while allowing other areas to move appropriately. Stability is an important component when building strength to lower the risk of injuries.
Stretching – Stretching relaxes and increases the length of muscles and the movement available at joints. Adequate flexibility reduces the risk of damaging muscles and other structures that may otherwise be pulled beyond their length. This is especially important when completing explosive movements or movements that are towards the end of your range of movement.
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