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Is Stretching Before a Run Necessary?

by Savitha C Muppala on  February 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Stretching or warming up before a run is thought to be mandatory to avoid injuries. A recent US study conducted on 2700 runners shows that while it is good to stretch, it may not actually avoid injuries.
 Is Stretching Before a Run Necessary?
Is Stretching Before a Run Necessary?
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Factors such as weight of the individual and history of injuries were important risk factors for injury.

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As part of the study, 2700 runners were divided into two groups. One group engaged in stretching exercises for 5 minutes involving the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles. Other group did not engage in stretching exercises before a run. The groups were observed for 3 months.

The study revealed that those with a higher body mass index (BMI) and who had suffered recent injures were at high risk of injury due to running;  older runners as well as those who ran a good distance during the week were also prone to injuries.  

The risk of injury was 40% for stretchers who stopped stretching and 22 percent risk of injury for non-stretchers who began stretching.

Director of sports medicine at Montgomery Orthopaedics in Kensington and lead author of the study said, "Over a period of three months, it did not make any difference if you stretched or didn't stretch before a run."



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