Saturday, November 3, 2007

Myth #5 - Stretching prevents injuries

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed more than 350 studies and articles examining the relationship between stretching and injuries and concluded that stretching during a warmup has little effect on injury prevention.

So what should you do to prevent injuries? My take, skip on the spot for 5 mins. You will start to sweat, your heart rate elevated and increase in blood flow. By then, your body will be warm enough to do proper stretching.

Rule of thumb, do your stretching when your muscles are warm.

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