THE IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF STATIC STRETCHING ON MUSCULAR PERFORMANCE ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS. STATIC STRETCHING DOES NOT HAVE IMMEDIATE BENEFITS TO MUSCULAR PERFORMANCE OR MUSCULAR INJURY RATE. THE TRAINING BENEFITS OF STRETCHING, HOWEVER, ARE IMPROVEMENTS IN BOTH FLEXIBILITY AND MUSCULAR PERFORMANCE. STRENGTH COACHES SHOULD PRESCRIBE STRETCHING IN THE COOLDOWN AFTER VIGOROUS TRAINING AND ACTIVE WARM-UP ROUTINES RATHER THAN STATIC STRETCHING BEFORE VIGOROUS ACTIVITY.
Department of Health and Human Performance, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Helen M. Binkley, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D
Duane Knudson is a professor and chair in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University.