STRETCHING; KINETIC? DYNAMIC? NONE?

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Right now there is a great debate over stretching.  I grew up being told to stretch before and after every physical activity.  In Gym class we spent the first and last 5 minutes stretching, as did each of the teams I participated on. It seemed to make sense; tight muscles are more likely to be pulled, torn and injured.  Looser stretched out muscles should allow for more free movement making you faster, stronger, and injury-proof.

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 However, recent studies show that static stretching may do more harm than good.   Researchers have discovered that static stretching can lessen the vertical leap of athletes and the speed of sprinters.  Further, static stretching does not necessarily reduce your likelihood of injury.  Even more recent studies report that if you stretch before you lift weights you may find you are weaker and less steady.  

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Research shows that muscle strength is reduced by 5.5%…

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