In today’s sport of bowling many bowlers have spent quality time tuning up there games with new equipment, lessons from certified or knowledgeable coaches, practiced lane play fundamentals and prepared a mental understanding of sport, but may have overlooked the importance of injury prevention. A basic knowledge of stretching and fitness can go along way in competitive endurance and stamina.
If you look at athletes that compete on a more competitive or professional level, you will see them loosen up, stretching muscles and core body with basic regiments that allow them to be more flexible. Many athletes do this to prevent injury and to allow for ease of recovery from stress placed on the individual muscle groups.
The common muscles used in bowling range from the back, neck and shoulder region to the arm and hand region to larger muscles groups of the hip, thigh in addition to the more complex knee and foot. Basic stretching for better flexibility is the key to allowing freedom of movement when swinging a heavy mass such as a bowling ball thousands of times during a bowler’s career.
As we get older, stiffness in the joints and muscles can rise creating less flexibility and mobility. Body momentum thus slows down and shortens or limits our physical abilities and strength.
Would you plan to run a 24K marathon or any significant distance without stretching or training? The answer is quiet obvious, NO. Preparing for competition starts many months ahead of the event. Muscles need to be trained and conditioned to be more flexible and useful.
If you bowl for your high school or college and have access to a gym, you can start to implement a plan now. Even if you don’t have access to a public gym, you can stop by a local library or magazine stand and pick up a material on basic fitness. There are vast array of simple exercises that you can do at home or just prior to practice or competition that will keep you moving in the right direction. Any small amount of time spent will reap benefits in the end.