I don’t know about this, but it seems like a pretty complete study. For those of us who did track (or almost any other sport) in school, stretching was always considered non-optional in order to prevent injury.
Note that there is a big “However” with the story!
I really want to hear from runners about this – please leave a comment below the story on your take!
Stretching Before a Run Does Not Prevent Injury
However, runners who typically stretch should continue, or risk injury
San Diego, CA
More than 70 million people worldwide run recreationally or competitively, and recently there has been controversy regarding whether runners should stretch before running, or not at all. This study included 2,729 runners who run 10 or more miles per week. Of these runners, 1,366 were randomized to a stretch group, and 1,363 were randomized to a non-stretch group before running. Runners in the stretch group stretched their quadriceps, hamstrings, and gastrocnemius/soleus muscle groups. The entire routine took 3 to 5 minutes and was performed immediately before running.
The study found that stretching before running [Read more…]