Passive Stretching is Actually Bad for Performance?

Reference:Kistler BM, et al The acute effects of static stretching on the sprint performance of collegiate men in the 60- and 100-m dash after a dynamic warm-up. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Sep;24(9):2280-4.

Another myth that the public and clinicians have been brainwashed to believe is that stretching enhances performance …I’d like to see just one piece of evidence that backs that up!

In fact a few studies have shown the opposite, including this one on 100m sprinters.

This study had all the college sprinters first complete a warm-up routine that included a self-paced 800m run, a series of dynamic movements, and hurdle drills.

At the end of this warm-up, the athletes were assigned to either a static stretching or a no-stretching condition. They then immediately performed two 100-m trials.

Quote from the paper: “…in strict terms of performance, it seems harmful to include static stretching in the warm-up protocol of collegiate male sprinters in distances up to 100 m.”

Posted on: July 05, 2011

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