Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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MINNEAPOLIS In the winter of 2005-06, 35-year-old Taj McWilliams-Franklin traveled to Korea to play during the WNBA offseason. It was the seventh foreign country she'd played in after 10 years of professional basketball, and the veteran had seen her fair share of the game around the globe. But that winter sticks with her. She was asked to wake up at 8 a.m. each day for organized stretches. She didn't want to get up that early, not after late-night games, not with a body that was already beginning to hint at the stresses of age. She did, though, and soon she began to notice a difference. Once the stretching became a routine, there was immediate relief and, even better, a long-lasting improvement. She felt better after games, more energized and loose, and when McWilliams-Franklin returned to the United States, she began to incorporate the stretching into her morning routine. She's still doing it today, everything from calf and quad stretches to breathing exercises and meditation. M...
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