Stretch Like Mike

It won't make you soar the way Jordan did, but lengthening your muscles can prevent injury

With all the attention to Michael Jordan's retirement from the National Basketball Association last month--the replays of his last championship-clinching basket, his trademark leaping and twisting shots--there was one element in Jordan's success that was overlooked. And it's one that we all can emulate. Through 13 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, six championships and five Most Valuable Player awards, Jordan suffered only one serious injury: a broken foot in 1985.

Much of that extraordinary good fortune can be tied to Jordan's intense conditioning regimen, especially his devotion to stretching before, during and after his workouts and games.

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