Researchers: Skip Pre-Workout Stretch

Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 12:15 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Is the pre-workout stretch becoming a thing of the past? Two new studies give us good reason to skip it.
 
A new study published this month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research finds that if you stretch before you lift weights, you may feel weaker and less stable during your workout, reports The New York Times. In that study, Austin State University researchers tested stretching's impact on a series of strength workouts performed by 17 healthy young men.

Editor’s Note:
Get Dr. Fuhrman’s Super Immunity for Only $4.95. Click here.

In a second study from Croatia, University of Zagreb researchers analyzed 104 studies on stretching and its effect on strength, power and "explosive muscular performance." That study, published last month in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, concluded that stretching, or at least static stretching, as a warm-up routine "should generally be avoided." Their findings essentially boil down to the conclusion that "stretched muscles are, in general, substantially less strong," writes The New York Times.

Prior research by Maryland-based orthopedic surgeon Dan Pereles, MD, from 2011, also shows that runners who stretched before their workouts saw no more protection from injuries than runners who didn't stretch. 

Still, rather than abandon stretching altogether, recent trends suggest that a technique called "active isolated stretching" might protect athletes from injuries better than traditional bend-and-hold techniques. Developed by trainer Aaron Mattes and used by massage therapists, physical therapists, and coaches, the technique emphasizes gentle, fluid repetitions of two- to three-second holds with more repetitions.
 

© AFP/Relaxnews 2014

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Find Your Condition
You May Also Like
Around the Web
Most Commented

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAXHEALTH.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
> >