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In this video we look at a set of stretches that target the key muscle groups used in basketball. In particular, the shoulders, arms, upper and lower back, core, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. Be sure that you have reviewed the warm-up video before this one. You should never stretch your muscles if they’re not yet warmed up. It increases the risk of pulling a muscle. A few minutes warming-up and stretching before practices, games and exercise sessions can save you weeks of recovery from a muscle injury. If you have the time, you can benefit by stretching again after your practices and games.

In summary:

  • Always warm up first before stretching.
  • Push the movement until you feel a stretch, stop before you feel pain.
  • Never bounce! Move smoothly and then hold for the length of the stretch.
  • Ensure that you take the time to stretch all muscles groups.
  • If you have time, it can be beneficial to stretch again after you’re done practicing or exercising.