Thacker, S.B., et al. 2004. The impact of stretching on sports injury risk: A systematic review of the literature. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 36 (3): 371–8.
Purpose. Researchers at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion systematically reviewed the research literature in order to assess whether stretching effectively prevents sports injuries and to make recommendations for research and prevention.
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Some controversy surrounds the role that stretching exercises play in regard to fitness training, especially group fitness classes. Perhaps more than ever, debate is brewing about the proper time and place to stretch. Exactly when and what type of stretching exercises do we need to include in our classes? Although little definitive research is available on the subject, fitness experts are trying to reach a consensus.
newsletter_teaser: The condition of our connective tissue depends on our age and what we have done to keep our tissue healthy, hydrated and flexible. Its health becomes a serious concern if movement restrictions make it hard to perform simple activities.
newsletter_teaser: Many men struggle with inflexibility and diminished joint range of motion, especially as they age. This active-stretching program using looped resistance bands may help men with overtight hips to restore agility, strength, power and balance.
Good news for those who don’t enjoy “pushing a stretch.” Many people think that stretching at an intensity of “8” on a scale of 1–10 is an effective way to enhance flexibility. New research shows otherwise. For increasing active and passive ranges of motion, it seems that conventional stretching is no more effective than either strengthening agonist muscles or decreasing resistance of antagonist muscles through low- intensity stretching.
Fitness professionals may work in concert with a physical therapist to encourage a client to engage in “prehab” to maintain or enhance his strength preoperatively for knee or hip arthroplasty. (Shakoor et al. 2010). Pain is often a limiting factor, and it may be difficult for the client to participate in even the most basic daily activities. Below are a few suggested exercises.
Isometric quadriceps sets. Lie on back with legs extended. Tighten quads and push knee into mat/surface. Hold 10 seconds. Do 10 repetitions, 5 times per day.