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Preactivity Stretching Research and Current Coaching Practices: Why the Disconnect?

Judge, Lawrence W. PhD1; Craig, Bruce PhD, FNSCA1; Bellar, David PhD2; Wanless, Elizabeth MA, MS1

Section Editor(s): Craig, Bruce W. PhD, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 74–77
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182639793
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SUMMARY: PREACTIVITY WARM-UP AND STRETCHING RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELL ESTABLISHED IN THE RESEARCH LITERATURE, BUT MANY COACHES DO NOT USE THEM. ALTHOUGH CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS EXIST TO GUIDE COACHES THROUGH THE WIDE VARIETY OF AVAILABLE KNOWLEDGE TO HELP THEM DEVELOP EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES, QUESTIONS REMAIN AS TO WHAT EXTENT CERTIFICATION ACTUALLY IMPACTS COACHING PRACTICES.

1Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

2University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana

The Bridging the Gap Column provides a better understanding of the science of training by explaining how the current research connects to practical applications.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Bruce W. Craig, PhD, FNSCA

Lawrence W. Judge is an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate coaching program at Ball State University.

Bruce Craig is a professor emeritus at Ball State University.

David Bellar is an assistant professor and assistant track and field coach at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Elizabeth Wanless is an instructor of sport administration at Ball State University.

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