Impact of stretching on the performance and injury risk of long distance runners

Claire Baxter, Lars McNaughton, Andy Sparks, Lynda Norton, David Bentley

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Abstract

Stretching, either prior to exercise or at the end, or both, is typically carried out by all individuals undertaking sporting activity whether they be elite or recreational athletes. The many forms of stretching available to the athlete, either passive or active, have long been thought to improve performance, decrease injury and generally be advantageous to the athlete. This review examines the current state of the literature and evaluates what athletes can and should do with respect to this controversial topic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-90
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine: An International Journal
Volume25
Issue number1
Early online date2 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Performance
  •  flexibility
  •  injury

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