Health & Wellness
It depends on what you need to do the exercise properly, say U of A experts in the second of our two-part series on stretching.
Just as we were getting used to the idea of a dynamic, task-related movement to warm up before we exercise, it appears that stretching of any type will have a similar negative impact on performance.
“I’ve been around gyms long enough to witness the downfall of static stretching in the early 2000s, the dawn of dynamic stretching a decade later, and now the end of dynamic stretching as well,” said Loren Chiu, a University of Alberta biokinesiologist. “Who knows, maybe foam rollers are next.”
According to Chiu, neither static nor dynamic stretching has been shown to reduce, or increase, injury risk.RELATED: Why static stretching may not be as effective as you think
“Attributing any injury or lack thereof to stretching would not only be difficult, but, ethically, almost impossible to study,” he said.Does stretching = w...