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Program Stretching After Vigorous Physical Training

Knudson, Duane PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181fc9d99
Column: Flexibility and Rehab Tibs
Abstract

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.

Author Information

Department of Health and Human Performance, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

Helen M. Binkley, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D

Column Editor

Duane Knudson is a professor and chair in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University.

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