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Is It Bad For You?! Stretching (Waste of Time?)

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit - Is It Bad For You? This week we explore the rather complex world of stretching. Is stretching before a workout going to help you "limber up" or is it actually detrimental to performance? Does stretching after a workout actually do anything meaningful for recovery or is it a waste of time? These are a couple of questions we will answer this week! We also dive into (much to Tom's annoyance) the apps ROMWOD & GOWOD and why they may be more harmful than you think. 


We cover a lot of different contexts in this one, static before and after and separately, dynamic stretching, intensities, durations, basically any situation for stretching is analysed and we give you the information you need to make an informed decision whether or not to use them in your training. 


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Studies Mentioned

Strength Training versus Stretching for Improving Range of Motion: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Effect of Acute Static Stretch on Maximal Muscle Performance


Effects of Static and Dynamic Stretching Performed Before Resistance Training on Muscle Adaptations in Untrained Men


Different volumes and intensities of static stretching affect the range of motion and muscle force output in well-trained subjects


Effect of static and dynamic muscle stretching as part of warm up procedures on knee joint proprioception and strength


Dynamic stretching is not detrimental to neuromechanical and sensorimotor performance of ankle plantarflexors


Stretching to prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise


Effect of Stretching on Sport Injury Risk: a Review

The effectiveness of exercise interventions to prevent sports injuries: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials


An Evidence-Based Approach for Choosing Post-exercise Recovery Techniques to Reduce Markers of Muscle Damage, Soreness, Fatigue, and Inflammation: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis


The effects of different passive static stretching intensities on recovery from unaccustomed eccentric exercise – a randomized controlled trial


'Big Greg Lehman'


Influence of Long-Lasting Static Stretching on Maximal Strength, Muscle Thickness and Flexibility


Stretch for the treatment and prevention of contractures

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