The argument against static stretching before sport and physical activity. Download 323 KB .pdf

Kovacs, Mark S. MEd, CSCS, USATF II • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. The Argument Against Static Stretching Before Sport and Physical Activity. Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc. 2006 Athletic Therapy Today, 11(3), pp. 6-8.

The existing research literature collectively indicates tbat static stretching within an bour before practice or competition does not improve sports performance, nor does it appear to reduce the risk of injury. Athletes might benefit from dynamic warm-up exercises before activity, with traditional static-stretching exercises performed at the conclusion of physical activity. Stretching before sport practice sessions and competitive events is not advisable.