And as to the “multiple shools of thought” on stretching, most are not schools at all. There is a lot of confusion because most fitness professionals don’t have the time to read all the research and data coming out of the exercise science studies. Many of us depend on summaries, which isn’t a bad thing. But that leaves out a lot of information that would give you the opportunity to decide things like how well the study was designed, how large the study population was, over how long a period the study ran, etc. In the case of the stretching “controversy”, I have not come across a solid study that suggested that stretching was pointless or unnecessary. There have been studies suggesting that stretching for improved long term ROM (what is commonly referred to as flexibility) led to diminished capacity to perform when the stretching was done prior to certain forms of exercise like strength training. But it has been known for a long time that stretching for improved flexibility was better done at the end of an exercise session. Stretching before or during an exercise session (or competition event) should be done to allow the ROM that is required for the activity. That is, if you are doing squats and feel tightness/discomfort when reachng the end point of the ROM for your squat, you would stretch enough to alleviate this from occuring. And if you could not alleviate the issue, you should not continue to perform the squat at that time. I could continue this discussion, but if you are still unsure as to what I am talking about, you can contact me through my website or profile. www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com .