Thursday, April 4, 2013

Reasons Not to Stretch

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/reasons-not-to-stretch/

The numbers, especially for competitive athletes, are sobering.

According to their calculations, static stretching reduces strength in the stretched muscles by almost 5.5 percent, with the impact increasing in people who hold individual stretches for 90 seconds or more.

While the effect is reduced somewhat when people's stretches last less than 45 seconds, stretched muscles are, in general, substantially less strong.

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