After browsing a few articles from USA Today and New York Times that details this new fact about stretching, it’s hard to buy it. Both articles include professionals/
When reading the articles, you’ll notice a red flag: different explanations about the effect stretching has. One article states that the reason for the decrease in performance, and increased susceptibility to injury, is due to the fact that your muscles tighten as you stretch. The idea is that when you stretch your muscles to maximum, your body compensates this action by contracting its muscles. The second article claims their reasons to be that static stretching loosens your muscles, which in regard to performance;
Both articles are well done, and do deliver some statistical information that may or may not be true. All I know is my own experience with the matter, which is to always stretch before exercising. Another thing to think about is their statistical information, and points, are drawn from static stretching alone. But like I said in the beginning of this article, most people warm up by jogging or moving their body in some way before competing at 100%.
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