Static Stretching

13 March 2019


Static stretching pre-game or workout prevents injury.

False! Athletes of all ages have historically been told to statically stretch their muscles pre-exercise to avoid injury, but recent studies show this is not the best practice!

Static stretches are those long held stretches in certain positions and were a hallmark of gym classes and sports warm ups when we were children. However, in the last 10 or so years new research has come out which conclusively says that static stretching pre-workout makes runners run slower, jumpers jump lower and lifters lift less, with no change to injury prevention (in fact you're potentially at more risk!).

Dynamic stretches or mobility exercises, such as leg swings and arm windmills to get our joints moving through range are much more appropriate as a warm up.

Static Stretching

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