According to researchers at the University of Florida, post-workout stretching has a small effect with minimal significance on the risk of injury. The study found that if 141 people stretched for 12 weeks after working out, only one injury could be prevented for the entire group.
We do know, however, that stretching can have many positive health and muscular benefits, including:
- an improvement in your range of motion
- a reduction in muscle tension and soreness
- prevention from joint strains
- bodily awareness
- an improvement in circulation
- an improvement in skilled movements, including many exercises
Once a week, I like to participate in a stretching-based workout class, such as yoga or pilates. Whether or not this helps to prevent injury, I find that both classes improve my alignment and relieve mental and physical tension.
Stay tuned for some of my favorite stretches, especially after a run!