I'm an athlete and usually no matter what sport I'm playing football, soccer, basketball, I hear lots of faulty advice given to fellow athletes from coaches who believe they know, because their coaches from 20 years ago told them so.
One of the most common mistakes I hear from the coaches are to stretch your pulled muscles. This seems counterintuitive though, because a pulled muscle is caused by extensive stretching of the muscle fibers in a short period of time.
Usually I'll pull the athlete aside and tell them to massage it, and then RICE it. But the coaches will come over throughout the course of practice and ensure themselves that the injured athlete is still stretching his pulled muscle.
Who is right here? And in your experience what's the quickest way to alleviate the pain from a pulled muscle?