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11-24-2011, 02:17 PM
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BTW, just to throw a little fuel on the fire, back when I was going through my back problems, I did a lot of research, and I came across a number of articles on stretching that said there is absolutely no scientific evidence that stretching offers any benefit in terms of avoiding injuries, including muscle pulls. In fact, there have been research studies performed on this issues that concluded that there is no measurable benefit in that area to stretching. They concluded that, while it might make you feel loose and improve your flexibility, there is no evidence that it reduces your potential for muscle injury.

I almost never stretch before a skate or game, skate as hard as anyone on the ice and I rarely ever pull muscles. My buddies that stretch religiously before games are constantly pulling groins, etc. They laugh at me because I don't stretch but then they're the ones more likely to be limping around after the game.

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