Did anyone else catch up with this story? We have ebough debate here about pre v post workout stretching and then this comes along.
"A new study claims stretching before or after exercise doesn’t prevent muscle soreness or reduce risk of injury. Australian researchers reviewed seven studies on the effect of stretching on exercised muscle.
They found stretching before or after reduces soreness by less than 2% - too small to make it worthwhile.
Meanwhile, data from army recruits showed muscle stretching prevents an average of just one injury every 23 years.
Rob Herbert, of the University of Sydney, who has published his findings in the BMJ, says the results are contrary to what many athletes and coaches believe and what is common practice.
However, Professor Clyde Williams, of Loughborough University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, said post-exercise stretching maintains flexibility and may indirectly help avoid injury.
But he added: "In some ways I am not surprised that pre-exercise stretching has not been of value.
“Most people who advise on safe exercise these days don’t promote it - it has been a fairly recent development.”
Story filed: 00:24 Friday 30th August 2002
What it didn’t put in tho was the abridged conclusion from the study which is below.
“Conclusions: Stretching before or after exercising does not confer protection from muscle soreness. Stretching before exercising does not seem to confer a practically useful reduction in the risk of injury, but the generality of this finding needs testing. Insufficient research has been done with which to determine the effects of stretching on sporting performance.” Well all I know is that stretching sure as heck makes my muscles less sore increases my ROM and I’m not going to stop.