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This is a superb British Medical Journal editorial, summarizing a full paper about stretching (see Herbert).
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It used to be so simple. Prevention of musculoskeletal injury during exercise meant conditioning, warm up, and stretching. We could not argue with these basic principlesuntil we began to look for the evidence to support such advice. Stretching is long established as one of the fundamental principles in athletic care. No competition is complete without countless athletes throwing shapes along the trackside, trainers and coaches each favouring their own particular exercises, and locker room experts, kinesiologists, and self appointed specialists inventing new contortions for long forgotten muscle groups. Sport is rife with pseudoscience, and it is difficult to disentangle the evangelical enthusiasm of the locker room from research evidence. But in this issue, Herbert and Gabriel (see p 468) question conventional wisdom and conclude that stretching before exercising does not reduce the risk of injury or muscle soreness.
- “Stretching ‘fails to stop muscle injury’,” News.BBC.co.uk.
- “Stretching before exercise: an evidence based approach,” Ian Shrier, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2000.
One article on PainScience.com cites MacAuley 2002 as a source:
- Quite a Stretch — Stretching science has shown that this extremely popular form of exercise has almost no measurable benefits
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