Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Is Stretching Just Wasting Your Time?
List your reasons for stretching. If warming up, injury prevention, be less sore (delayed onset muscle soreness DOMS), or increase in flexibility were on your list, you may be wasting your time. All of these reasons have been firmly debunked with science and experiments.
That doesn't mean stretching doesn't have a place or have value. It looks like stretching can make you feel better. That is a great reason. Stretching may decrease pain by increasing sensory input to the muscle. The article that prompted this blog post is linked at the end. It is a great read that walks you through your thoughts, opinions and your personal dogma on stretching. The article is called, "Quite a Stretch."