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Does Flexibility Exercise Affect Running Economy? A Brief Review

Carter, Jeremy MS, CSCS1; Greenwood, Mike PhD, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA2

Strength and Conditioning Journal: June 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 3 - p 12–21
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000127
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ABSTRACT A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF RUNNING PERFORMANCE IS RUNNING ECONOMY (RE). SOME FACTORS THAT DETERMINE RE ARE UNABLE TO BE CHANGED THROUGH TRAINING, WHEREAS OTHER COMPONENTS OF RE CAN BE ALTERED THROUGH EXERCISE, WITH OTHER RE FACTORS BEING LESS MODIFIABLE THROUGH TRAINING. THE EFFECT OF FLEXIBILITY (FLX) ON RE IS LESS RESEARCHED AND NOT WELL UNDERSTOOD. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EXPLAIN RE, DISCUSS IF A CORRELATION EXISTS BETWEEN FLX AND RE, EXAMINE IF ACUTE STRETCHING (STR) AFFECTS RE, REVIEW IF CHRONIC STR AFFECTS RE, AND PROVIDE CONCLUDING STATEMENTS ON THE EFFECTS OF FLX AND STR ON RE.

1United States Marine Corp, Quantico, Virginia; and

2Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

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

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Jeremy Carteris in the United States Marine Corps Officers Candidate School and recently completed his Graduate Exercise Physiology Degree in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A & M University.

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Mike Greenwoodis a Clinical Professor and Research Associate in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.

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