Doing full splits for sprinters

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        TW1573D RE4PE12 on #15364

        My flexibility is bad and want to be able to do a full split by doing some static stretching. Is stretching to increase to that level of flexibility bad for sprinters. I won’t be doing those before workouts or meets ofcourse.

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        premium on #78013

        you dont need to be that flexible….there is a point when you become too flexible and it has negative effects

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        Mike Young on #78015

        Definitely not necessary. If I had the choice of 2 athletes and the only thing I knew about them was that one athlete could do splits and the other could not; I’d choose the one who could not in a heart beat.

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        JeremyRichmond on #78016

        My flexibility is bad and want to be able to do a full split by doing some static stretching. Is stretching to increase to that level of flexibility bad for sprinters. I won’t be doing those before workouts or meets ofcourse.

        Dude, if your flexibilty is really bad at the moment just make it bad but don’t waste your time trying to make it great. Sprinting requires a stretch reflex.

        As for the full split? Even if I did believe in excessive stretching; why would you need flexibility in that direction (if its the sideways split you’re talking about). If it’s the straight split where you are facing your foot or knee, I’ve never seen a sprinter use that range of movement in a race.

      • Mike Young
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        Mike Young on #78033

        I concur with above.

        Split in any direction = completely unrelated to sprint performance at best; and more likely decreased sprint performance.

        ELITETRACK Founder

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        TW1573D RE4PE12 on #78046

        Oh, I see now. Thanks! I got confused because I’ve seen pictures of hurdlers jumping over hurdles and it looked like they are capable of doing a full split and I thought that sprinters need about as much flexibility.

      • Mike Young
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        Mike Young on #78048

        Hurdlers do need a little more flexibility than sprinters but many hurdlers couldn’t hit the positions statically that they do dynamically (when hurdling).

        ELITETRACK Founder

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