Neck stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the neck and shoulder muscles. Good neck flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the head and neck.
Sports that benefit from the neck stretches below include: Boxing; contact sports like Football, Gridiron and Rugby; Swimming; Wrestling.
Neck Muscles being Stretched
During the following neck stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the neck and shoulders that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following neck stretches.
Lateral Neck Stretch (1:32)
Look forward while keeping your head up. Slowly move your ear towards your shoulder while keeping your hands behind your back. Keep your shoulders down and your hands behind your back. Don't lift your shoulders up when you tilt your head to the side. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.
Rotating Neck Stretch (1:22)
Stand upright while keeping your shoulders still and your head up. Slowly rotate your chin towards your shoulder. Keep your head up. Don't let your chin fall towards your shoulders. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.
Flexion and Extension Neck Stretch (1:21)
Stand upright and let your chin fall forward towards your chest. Relax your shoulders and keep your hands by your side. Some people are more flexible in the upper back and neck than others. Don't over stretch by forcing your head down, instead, relax and let the weight of your head do the stretching for you. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then slowly move into the neck extension stretch position.
Stand upright and slowly lift your head, looking upwards as if trying to point up with your chin. Relax your shoulders and keep your hands by your side. Keep your mouth closed and your teeth together when doing this stretch.
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.