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#53 - Why we Stretch Before Every Training Session and Game, and why you should too.

March 25, 2017
Stretching is a contentious topic, but much like last weeks episode on ice baths, the science can be a minefield of unrealistic studies and sensationalised media headlines. The key to stretching before sport is in the details: - Dosage: (25-30sec) of gently holding the position - The correct stretches: (we love the crouching three for any running athletes, linked below) - And to follow the stretches up with a proper activation and dynamic warm-up series. We also cover: - Where the science on stretching has gone wrong and how it under appreciates the nuance of stretching pre-exercise. - How thinking and the scientific method are both valuable but need to be understood fully to apply - How a short dose of the right stretches can have an incredible restorative effect on alignment, performance and long-term injury reduction and recovery - We discuss thinking and the scientific method in general and how challenging traditional or preconceived theories can be challenging

Some articles on the same topic: - Article 1- Article 2

The AIS stretching study (it was actually 2008): - The negative effects of static stretching are restored when combined with a sport specific warm-up component

Two of our favourite exaggerated stretching protocol studies:- Article 1- Article 2

Core Advantage’s activation and dynamic warm-up series:- Activation- Dynamic warm-up- One of our best articles on the topic of stretching and athletic performance

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