To stretch or not to stretch: The role of stretching in injury prevention

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The Role of Stretching

Stretching before activity is a topic that has been widely debated in recent years. Is it important to prevent injury? Does it decrease strength and power output of the muscle? When should we stretch and when should we not? What kind of stretching is best?  Read and discuss this weeks article to get answers to these questions and more!




As you read this weeks article, consider these points to help spur conversation in the comments below:

  1. Do you recommend your patients stretch before, after activity, or both?
  2. Do you recommend static stretching, dynamic stretching, or both?
  3. How long do you recommend your patients and athletes stretch for and at what frequency?


Please help us keep the conversations going by submitting a comment below!  We all get more out of the club by sharing our ideas!



  1. Tucker C says:

    Great article, here is my viewpoint on the questions above.
    1) I have my athletes do a dynamic warmup before activity with some dynamic stretching, and then static stretching after.
    2) see question 1. Both are great but timing is key
    3) before exercise I generally run them through a 10-20 minute warm up, afterwards usuall about 10 min of cool down stretching is good.

  2. Lisa G says:

    My general comments – I am sad to say that I am not up to speed with stretching research so thanks for posting this. I have some catch-up reading to do.
    1. I have instructed my patients to do some stretching after a short warm up, mostly because that is what I do.
    2. I have a variable answer depending on the patient, but I generally feel like I have to educate my patients to be less aggressive with stretching and it does not have to hurt.
    3. If my focus is for injury prevention I will have my patients stretch for about 5 min pre- and 10 min post.

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