Most Important Muscles to keep flexible

which muscles are the most important in terms of maintaining flexibility? I know they are all important, but which are more vital in terms of velocity potential and injury prevention. I know your hamstrings, hip flexors, etc. but i was wondering if somebody with a little more knowledge could weigh in about how much of a role flexibility plays in the pitching motion, and which muscles need to be targeted more in designing a flexibility program.
Thanks guys.

Every muscle in the body affects the other. If you talk to a performance enhancement specialist they will tell you that the ankles flexibility affects the knee and then hip/groin flexibility.

If you are looking for a quick fix with stretching it will not come. You have to stretch all muscles in body because pitching is a full body activity. If you only stretch 5 muscle groups your flexibility will not grow because the rest of the body will be tight still.

Stretch like a gymnast head to toe.

If you make stretching a life style choice you will increase flexibility but it takes a while. But it will increase velocity and reduce soreness which will help you.

I would worry more about Mobility at the joints and not flexibility so much. Tim was close with flexibility at the ankles, a better word would have been mobility.

Areas for mobility:
Ankles
Hips
Thoracic Spine
Some shoulder mobility drills

Areas for Stability:
Knees
Lumbar Spine
Shoulders
Cervical Spine

The biggest areas to stretch are the hip flexors, Neck muscles, internal rotation think sleeper stretch, pec minor, hip internal rotators.

I agree mobility, flexibility and stability are very important.

Stretch like a gymnast and you should be fine. Also add in some mobility exercises and stability exercises.

[quote=“TimL55”]I agree mobility, flexibility and stability are very important.

Stretch like a gymnast and you should be fine. Also add in some mobility exercises and stability exercises.[/quote]

thanks do you know where i can find a list of these mobility exercises?

Through google look up ankle mobility and you will find youtube videos and links that will have some mobility exercises.

Eric Cressey has done a lot of work in this area and it is really good stuff. He actually talks about the fact that many people have a good range of motion through static stretching, BUT they are unable to stabilize themselves throughout the range and therefore are more likely to get injured. Honestly, I dont even think I could begin to do Cressey’s work justice, so you should check out the source.
http://www.ericcressey.com/products.html

[quote=“kc86”]Eric Cressey has done a lot of work in this area and it is really good stuff. He actually talks about the fact that many people have a good range of motion through static stretching, BUT they are unable to stabilize themselves throughout the range and therefore are more likely to get injured. Honestly, I dont even think I could begin to do Cressey’s work justice, so you should check out the source.
http://www.ericcressey.com/products.html[/quote]

great! thanks.

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