Erin, I believe there might be a better approach as far as corporate wellness programming is concerned. I believe your approach should be bigger than stretches.
Here is my approach that I learned from WELCOA. WELCOA stands for the the Wellness Councils of America. They specialize in helping companies build award winning workplace wellness programs. If you are able, I really encourage you to become a member. It is well worth it if your intention is to go corporate.
WELCOA has 7 benchmarks of success as far as implementing successful workplace wellness programs. Here they are as follows:
1. Benchmark 1 -Capturing Senior Level Support
Erin, perhaps you might explain to senior level support the importance of following established scientific guidelines as far wellness and fitness programming is concerned.
2. Benchmark 2 – Creating a Cohesive Wellness Team
Erin, the team might consist of employees who you have observed live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy engaging in physical activity.
3. Benchmark 3 – Collecting Data to Drive a Results-Oriented Wellness Initiative
Erin, what do you know about the organization for which your provide wellness services. Have you had a chance to send out a survey monkey to learn a little about their thoughts on wellness and fitness.
4. Benchmark 4 – Crafting An Annual Operating Plan
Erin, this is where you and that Cohesive Wellness Team will have to collaborate.
5. Benchmark 5 – Choosing Appropriate Health Promotion Interventions
Erin, you might learn that you might need to increase the number of sessions you have with the company as far as your stretching program is concerned.
6. Benchmark 6 – Creating Supportive Health-Promoting Environment
Erin, again collaboration with the wellness team is pivotal here.
7. Benchmark 7 – Carefully Evaluating Outcomes
Erin, this brings us back full circle to your question whether one stretch is sufficient. Will the 15 minutes you have been allocated bring about the expected outcomes for the company.
Erin, this is much food for thought. Perhaps you might suggest to your company that they take out membership to WELCOA and you chair the wellness committee.
I wish you much success.
It would be better than nothing, and most likely reduce overall tension. How long are you holding each stretch for? I am assuming you are doing static stretching, correct? This kind of question would be best asnswered by doing some research and finding studies that pertain to what you are questioning. I see you are ACE certified, they have a search engine for just such a thing once you log into their site its under ecucational resources, SPORTDiscus.
“Thank you everyone for your answers they are all very helpful. I didn’t realize how unspecific my question was. I’m working with groups in a workplace setting, ranging in age from 20-65, with a wide variety of fitness levels–mostly on the lower end. I currently have a generalized 15 stretch routine that covers most commonly used areas without taking too much time out of the work day. I put extra emphasis on certain joints for certain groups depending on their specific job, and anyone with particular issues I work with individually. My focus is on the people, the companies focus is obviously on the company. So my actual question is, will one set done daily in this type of setting be sufficient to over time reduce the risk of strains and sprains in the workplace, or should I try to get more time allowance from the management team?”
As previously stated this is a goal specific question. If there is a need for a big change in flexibility or mobility then more than one set is most likely needed. If it is not the main focus and the client just needs maintenance then one will suffice. With that being said this is also a joint by joint case as I personally have certain ROM’s that require more on one side of my body than the other. For instance my right hip flexors requires 3-5 sets to restore length wheras my left hip flexors only require 1-3 sets.
One thing that I am passionate about as far as my industry is concerned is that we have guidelines that we can adhere to as far as fitness goals are concerned.
Flexibility is a component of fitness.
As with other aspects of fitness, there are scientific guidelines/principles related to flexibility that we can adhere to in order to achieve a desired outcome.
We tend to use the FITT principle when we are designing an exercise program for our clients. We also consider the SAID principle. (Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands).
That being said, if the outcome is increased flexibility, one must first ask him/herself:
What type of stretch will I used to reach the goal of the client.
Will you be using:
1. Static stretching
2. Dynamic or ballistic stretching
3. Slow movements
4. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques.
After you have decided the type of stretch or the methods of stretching you will utilize (and this dependent upon the goal of the client), you can then manipulate the variables (FITT) based upon your client’s goals in addition to remembering you only get what you train for (SAID). And in your case you are training for flexibility.
Now ask yourself the question you posed to the forum. Somehow, I believe, that after you think about it you will come to a fantastic conclusion as to whether “one set of stretches is sufficient” when one is “training for flexibility.”
Thanks for your questions and I look forward to our continued interchange.