Arm stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the upper arm and forearm muscles. Good arm flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of both the upper arm and forearm.
Sports that benefit from the arm stretches below include: Basketball and Netball; batting sports like Cricket, Baseball and Softball; Ice hockey and Field hockey; Martial Arts; racquet sports like Tennis, Badminton and Squash; Rowing, Canoeing and Kayaking; Swimming; throwing sports like Cricket, Baseball and Field events; Volleyball; Wrestling.
Arm Muscles being Stretched
During the following arm stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the arms that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following arm stretches.
Assisted Triceps Stretch (1:24)
Stand with your hand behind your neck and your elbow pointing upwards. Then use your other hand (or a rope or towel) to pull your elbow down. Don't perform this stretch for an extended period of time as circulation is restricted in the shoulder during this stretch. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite arm.
Palms-out Forearm Stretch (0:57)
Interlock your fingers in front of your chest and then straighten your arms and turn the palms of your hands outwards. The forearms, wrists and fingers comprise a multitude of small muscles, tendons and ligaments. Do not over stretch this area by applying too much force too quickly. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Get more Stretching Exercises here...
Looking at photos and watching videos on your computer is fine, but to really take advantage of all the stretching exercises on offer, grab a copy of the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility (Handbook, DVD & CD-ROM).
The exercises and recommendations on this page are just a small sample of the many stretching exercises presented in the Handbook and on the DVD. In total, they include 135 clear photographs and 44 video demonstrations of unique stretching exercises for every major muscle group in your body. Plus, over 80 printable stretching routines for 22 sports and 19 different muscle groups.
The DVD also includes 3 customized stretching routines (8 minutes each) for the Upper Body; the Lower Body; and the Neck, Back & Core, plus a bonus CD-ROM that allows you to print out over 80 stretching routines that you can take with you where ever you go.
The Handbook and DVD will show you, step-by-step, how to perform each stretch correctly. Plus, you'll also learn the 7 critical rules for safe stretching; the benefits of flexibility; and how to stretch properly. Check out the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility for yourself.