BRIDGING THE GAP
RESEARCH and PRACTICALITY
Stretch last - but do stretch
In regards to when to stretch - if you are stretching to improve flexibility and your stretching is part of a workout and separate from a yoga class.
Recent research is contrary to many beliefs and current practice. Scientific research studies have shown that stretching prior to working out, during the warm-up period:
1) does not reduce injuries,
2) reduces muscle strength and power, and
3) does not improve athletic performance.
The best time to stretch is at the end of a workout, when the muscles are warm, and after the training & conditioning segment of the workout.
Written by Dr. Sternlicht for www.jeffshealthclub.com on 2.24.06