I just wrote an article on some simple stretches you can do before engaging in physical activity. Since Achilles, Groin, Calves are prevalent injuries for individuals 40+, I thought I would write an article addressing that part of the body. What do you suggest? Here is the link to my article: http://kisardhillon.com/?p=1040
There is little research to show that stretching actually prevents injury. In fact, most studies show that stretching before physical activity can lead to decreased performance. This is because stretching lengthens the muscle, and a lengthened muscle is a weaker muscle. To prevent injury your clients should be doing an active warmup; mimic the movements the workout or sport will do, but do so in a less intense, gradual way. If your goal is flexibility stretching should be done once warm. A good way to sneak in stretching for those who do not like to stretch is to work the opposite muscle group. For instance, to stretch the hamstrings, work the quads. This forces the opposite muscle group to relax.