Minute 1: Has static stretching been overhyped?

Have you ever felt guilty for rushing through your pre-run stretching routine? Well, your anxiety is probably better directed at forgetting to call your mom or tossing an aluminum can in the regular trash. This new story explains “What Happens to Your Body If You Don’t Stretch” – and it’s not that bad. For a long time, experts recommended that runners used static stretching before and after a run to lower their risk of injury and improve recovery. It turns out it may do neither of those things. A review of various studies found that static stretching before or after a run had no association with reduced muscle soreness. Does that mean stretching is useless?

Not necessarily, but the key is understanding the difference between acute and chronic stretching, according to: “Do Runners Really Need To Stretch? The Evidence Might Surprise You!” Acute stretching is the kind done immediately in preparation for or as a response to other exercises. It’s often short and inconsistent, limiting the impact it can have on your body. Chronic stretching, on the other hand, is deliberate, focused, and routine. Research has shown chronic stretching can improve your flexibility over time, which is useful for athletes with a high demand for mobility. Believe it or not, there’s such a thing as being too flexible as a runner, and studies have found that some level of muscle stiffness can support your joints and improve running efficiency. The main reason a runner would want to dedicate time to static stretching is if they’re having an issue with range of motion or mobility that impedes proper running form, and to test yourself, you can follow along with: “The Best Way for Runners to Test their Mobility and Stop Getting Hurt.”





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