The importance of stretching is significant when engaging in physical activity. With the several different types of stretching, all techniques should be performed after a light warmup that elicits a rise in heart rate and perspiration. The warmup prior to stretching increases the flexibility of the muscles in the body and leads to a more effective stretching time. Incorporating stretching into your fitness routine is imperative for minimizing the chance of an injury occurring. Children that have tighter muscles are at a more elevated risk for experiencing an injury. It is common for an injury to occur when there is continuous strain on a specific muscle and their is not enough flexibility for the activity being performed. Throughout the years of their adolescence, children are going through the life process of a growth spurt, therefore the muscle are extremely tight because the muscles may still be adjusting to the body size. It is crucial for children to focus their attention on stretching prior to their physical activity. Remember to engage in stretching at least once per day before your activity, but in some circumstances your body may require more.