how important is stretching after tennis?

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  1. tennisenthusiast

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    How important is stretching after playing tennis as supposed to stretching before tennis?

    What kind of stretches are we talking about? Yoga stretches will work?
     
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    I do "runners stretches" after tennis myself. Helps cut down / eliminate soreness and cramping later in the day for me.

    In fact, if I've played a lot of hours (or gone on a 10+ mile run), I'll often stretch several times throughout the day. Especially my calves. They really tend to tighten back up.

    I think the general rule of thumb is to "do what feels best". Some say no stretching, others like me find it helpful. I think people are different.
     
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    Topic done to death, but in my personal experience...stretching before tennis, bad, makes my legs feel weak. Better to just do a light warm up.

    Stretching after: critical to being able to walk comfortably on my 40 year old joints and muscles.

    I try to do a shortened version of the infamous Rodney Yee's "yoga for flexibility" DVD I have. I basically run through about 6 basic poses in 5 to 10 minutes and it does a world of good for my stiffness and discomfort the next morning.

    I also then do 2 of the "greatest stretches on earth" that I saw on the sportskool series on demand. One that resembles a runners stretch but where you put your elbow to the ground, and then the other where you are in a lunge position and twist while leaning back.

    If I don't do this routine, I often have sciatic pain, arthritic feeling hips, and general malaise the next day. If I do the routine, I just have mild DOMS. So, that's what works for me. The only time I've ever pulled a muscle playing was when I did a lot of hamstring stretches before my match. :?
     
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  5. TheCheese

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    You should stretch and workout for general fitness. Tennis is going to cause you to tighten up and get muscle imbalances.
     
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    The problem with stretching after any sport is that you are often left behind to do it. The rest if the team/players/group have dashed off to the showers/pubs/cafe.
     
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    I never want to be left behind while the rest of the team is showering.

    Perhaps you could try stretching in the shower?
     
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  8. ATP100

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    Easy Answer: Very Important.
     
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