Coaching Association of Canada

Active stretching

Stage of Activity

Learn to Train, Train to Train, Train to Compete




5 minutes

Number of People


How it Works

The steps involved in active stretching are very much like those for static stretching, except that the athlete’s own force is used to move the body part to be stretched and brings it into the appropriate stretching position. Stretch in a controlled manner. Hold the stretch position for 10 to 20 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times. If applicable, repeat the stretch for the other side of the body.

Example: Stand on one leg, lift the other leg out in front of the body as high as possible, and twist from side to side.


Flexibility, warm up, coordination


Can be used in all environments: field, court, pool, snow, ice, gym.