How to Stretch After Swimming

For those trying to learn how to stretch after swimming, the techniques can easily be obtained. Stretching before and after swimming will help will prevent muscle imbalances in your shoulders. It is important to do the correct stretches to prevent injury to the join capsule.

To stretch after swimming, you will need:

  • wall or door seal
  • chair
  1. Stretch the pectoral group. To stretch after swimming stand at the doorway. Place your forearm on the door frame. Your arm should be bent between 60 and 90 degrees. Now you will need to take a step through the door. When stretching the right shoulder step out with the right leg. If you are stretching the left, step out with your left leg. You should be feeling the stretch along the anterior chest. Do this stretch on each arm at least three times. You will want to hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. You can also do this along a wall if a door seal is not available.
  2. Stretch the latissimus dorsi. When stretching the latissimus dorsi after swimming, you will need to get on the floor on all fours. Arch your back so that it is rounded. You will then need to drop your bottom toward your heels. Reach out your hands and reach toward the right. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. You will then need to repeat this step on the left. Stretch both sides at least three times. This really helps relax muscles after swimming.
  3. Stretch the trapezius and levator scapulae. This is a key stretch to do after swimming. You will need to sit on a chair and grab the seat with your right arm. Put your left hand on your head and gently pull down. You will also need to pull diagonally and to the other side. Complete this stretch three times and hold for about 30 seconds. You will need to repeat this with the left arm holding the chair. This is a great stretch to do after swimming, but be careful not to pull the neck too hard, because it can cause injury.


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