Question of the week: Do you stretch?

USATF recently concluded a study on pre-run stretching in which they found “Over a three-month period there was no statistically significant difference in injury risk between the pre-run stretching and non-stretching groups.”  http://www.usatf.org/stretchStudy/StretchStudyReport.pdf

So this week’s question is do you stretch?  If so, when– before running, after running, and/or at other times?  And what types of stretching?

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7 Responses

  1. Usually – after a run.

  2. Yes – after a run only and especially my ITB. It’s a must. I forgot to do it yesterday after our run and felt it not only in my legs, but my back and neck. < That's a wake-up call! It definitely prevents my ITB problems from flaring up painfully but my whole body is in less pain post-long run.

  3. I stretch before and after runs for about 5 minutes but I have found if I stretch every evening for about twenty – thirty minutes that I have a lot less knee pressure ( it isn’t pain but feels like someone is pressing on my knee). I do ITB stretches, butterflies, the hurdler’s stretch, and a few others.

    A side benefit is I am pretty relaxed right prior to bed : )

  4. i stretch after i run —- if i run alone i stop about a mile in and stretch also- usual stuff plus always ITB and piriformis- 2 of my nemsis parts—

    this past tuesday at the trans. maratthon i even stretched a bit about the 15 mile mark when i could feel the itb tighten a little- at my pace losing 40 seconds or so was worth finishing ok—

    am looking for new hip flexor stretches these days-

  5. No, I don’t…but I know that I should. I always kick myself when I try to get up the day after a good run and I can’t stand up straight. I’m a glutton for punishment, what can I say? Am thinking about resuming yoga…which is a great complement to running. I highly recommend it for anyone who suffers back and neck pain.

  6. I try to stretch after my muscles are warm. I also tend to sit on the floor to watch TV, which helps stretch out my hamstrings. So TV can be good for something! 🙂

  7. I rarely stretch when I run, although I try to loosen up with strides and drills and sometimes dynamic stretches before a track workout or race.

    I also do yoga twice a week — I think it helps my running alot since it covers strengthening, stretching, balance, breathing, body awareness, and relaxation, and every muscle from head to toe (and my yoga teacher is a marathoner).

    I have incredibly tight hamstrings, can’t touch my toes to save my life, and detest hamstring stretches.

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