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The Disconnect Between Research and Current Coaching Practices

Judge, Lawrence W. PhD, CSCS; Craig, Bruce PhD, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 46–51
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000027
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ABSTRACT: TODAY'S COACHES DO NOT USE MANY OF THE CURRENT RESEARCH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRE- AND POST-STRETCHING, EVEN THOUGH MANY OF THEM HAVE COMPLETED CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO HELP THEM DEVELOP EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES. THIS ARTICLE WILL BRIEFLY REVIEW THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRETCHING AND PRESENT DATA THAT SHOW A LACK OF COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. THE PURPOSE OF THE DISCUSSION WILL BE TO IDENTIFY THE EXTENT TO WHICH CERTIFICATION MIGHT AFFECT COACHING PRACTICES.

1School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, and

2The Human Performance Laboratory, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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

Bruce Craig is an emeritus professor in the School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science at Ball State University.

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