One of the most important things you can do to develop a healthy athletic body is maintain your muscle flexibility. Everyone is genetically set with different levels of flexibility. We migrate towards sports and activities that fit our bodies flexibility. For example, someone who tends to be less flexible typically moves away from gymnastics fairly quickly because of their lack of success in the sport secondary to the huge flexibility requirements. This same athlete may find great success in soccer, which requires much less flexibility. Anyway you look at, setting and maintaining normal flexibility throughout the body is important throughout life. Static stretching has gotten a bad wrap over the last 10 years. There is a place for static stretching in sport. The following stretching program is different from the typical static stretching.... It involves loosening the muscle 3 dimensionally while at the same time using muscle groups on the opposite side of the stretched muscle to stabilize. This is the way muscles are used in sport, and therefore a great way to statically stretch them. Check out this UTube video and try these 3-D stretches before your next work out and sporting event.