The Static Stretching Renaissance


There has been lots of talk lately about the fact that all of the athletes we train perform static stretching before every workout. The classic answer is always that this is a bad idea because static stretching decreases power. Have you ever read the actual studies? I have. The decreases were in the area of 5% and occurred when a vertical jump was done immediately after a bout of static stretching. Read this The Static Stretching Renaissance and see if your opinion changes.

4 Responses to “The Static Stretching Renaissance”

  1. mboyle1959 Says:

    Same with us. I think the people that argue with me have more pulls than us and still argue.

  2. I have used static stretching for 16 years and have never had an incident where clients pulled anything. I would also like to mention that I do a dynamic warm up and movement prep before the strength training begins. I think it comes down to in which context are you using the stretch or not to stretch. Just saying

    Micheal Okumura

  3. Fred Henderson Says:

    KEITARO KUBO J Appl Physiol 92: 595–601, 2002 ; GUISSARD et al 1988 ; Proske and Morgan 1999 ; Todd et al 2002 ; Wydra 1997 ; Wiemann and Klee 2000 ; Freiwald 1999 ; Magnusson 1998.
    No my opinion on static stretching hasn’t changed. I’d rather go with excentric contraction to increase the range of motion, at least you have some muscle activation and it stands longer than just an hour.
    I don’t think static stretching is all wrong but it’s just a tool I very seldom use.

  4. I have no support for this but I believe that there is no way anyone could distinguish the performance between the athlete who stretches and the non-stretched athlete except for the pulled groin. Of the two who do you think did it!

    You have talked about this previously and single handedly changed how I warm-up my clients and athletes. Thanks coach!

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