Traditionally, we’ve been told that static stretching is an effective method at preparing our bodies for exercise, reducing our risk for injury and improving joint flexibility. Sounds great right? We’ve been doing this for years – go to any gym or track today and you’ll see runners and trainees stretching their hamstrings on a bench or calves on a step. However, recent research suggests otherwise.
The idea of a flexibility-based warm up has been proven to be ineffective at preparing the body for exercise and actually detrimental to subsequent power performance. A recent review article in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, concluded that static stretching has negative effects on muscle strength and explosive power – so what’s the better alternative? Static stretches are an important component of strength and conditioning programs, but its placement in the warm-up should be reconsidered.
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