A question for people with sport physio knowledge. This article from NYTimes explains that stretching muscles before exercise - the ones where you hold for 20-30 seconds, is actually bad for you.
Prior to sport I have been doing these static stretches - e.g. hold leg stretched for 30 seconds. This is what my TaeKwonDo instructor and physiotherapist* say to do.
So what is your take on this?
Do you agree with the article?
Every time I read something about stretching, new research seems to change the accepted view.
From above link: “If you’re like most of us, you were taught the importance of warm-up exercises back in grade school, and you’ve likely continued with pretty much the same routine ever since. Science, however, has moved on. Researchers now believe that some of the more entrenched elements of many athletes’ warm-up regimens are not only a waste of time but actually bad for you. The old presumption that holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds — known as static stretching — primes muscles for a workout is dead wrong. It actually weakens them.” - NY Times
- Physio needed for recent muscular injury - resulting from insufficient flexibility - hmmm