I have to say I was a little disappointed with this month's Runner’s World article: The Rules – Revisited
Stretching is Worthless
I know lots of runners who don’t stretch – but do they know they are losing flexibility? Are they setting themselves up for injury?
The article looked a few studies showing stretching made no difference. I’m sorry - but I don’t buy into this. (And hope other runners won’t stop stretching either.)
I had a chance to listen to a podcast with Coach Janet Hamilton. She included in her four factors in a training program - Flexibility. That means some form of stretching!
“Stretch gently, slowly and consistently (daily).” Janet Hamilton
I know stretching does increase flexibility. I am positive that it has prevented injuries. And besides the mechanical benefits, it gives you time to unwind - even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Time to think about your performance and to be thankful, thankful you can run...
Someone else not happy with the Runner’s World article.