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Stretching Before Running?

The effects of static stretching before performing anaerobic exercise have been well documented. This study shows what effect static stretching has when performed before endurance running. The subjects performed either a 16min static stretching protocol or 16min of resting prior to a run which consisted of a 30-minute 65% V̇O2max preload followed by a 30-minute performance run where participants ran as far as possible without viewing distance or speed.

The study found that the group which performed no stretching performed significantly better (p<0.05) than the group which performed a static stretching protocol.

Original Study is found at:

http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2010/09000/Effects_of_Static_Stretching_on_Energy_Cost_and.2.aspx?WT.mc_id=HPxADx20100319xMP

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