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06-30-2009, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
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Well, I think you're definitely supposed to stretch AFTER, but the before flexibility thing has been shot down. And I think the post-workout stretching is more about keeping the muscle fresh and not tightening up more than anything else.
Thats correct. I didnt add in the after thing, because I thought the discussion was just on static stretches before games. I knew I read something about it. Heres the link/part:
Stretching reduces strength and sporting performance for 1 and sometimes up to 24 hours
A Canadian study found muscle strength reduced for 1 hour after static stretching(2) . The same study found static stretching reduced performance (tested jump) and dynamic running and jumping stretches improved performance. Also, 20m sprint times were slower after static stretches. A University of Hawaii study with 30 PE students doing a 1 rep max of knee flexion and knee extension found static stretching reduced strength in flexion 7.3% & in extension 8.1%(3).
(Tightening after a game hurts like a b*tch)
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