Stretching is NOT Warm-up

How clear can that be? Yet I still see teams wallow around on the ground for ten or fifteen minutes at the start of practice to “warm-up.” How stupid can this be, we certainly know better but this is still a prevalent practice. When someone pulls a muscle it is usually blamed on the fact that they did stretch enough before training, how absurd! I always use the analogy of the cat or dog who is wakes up from a nap, they do not stretch they move slowly and rhythmically first through progressively bigger ranges of motion. If they are scared out of a dead sleep they burst away. A few years this was the topic in a roundtable and Art Venegas, the Track & Filed Coach at UCLA put it quite well, how many times do you see someone stealing hub caps on a car pull a muscle. It is pure flight or fright, all they are thinking about is getting the hell out of there. Kind of doubt they stretched for twenty minutes before. There is a lesson there. If you are spending more that 2 – 3 minutes static stretching as part of you warm-up you are wasting time!

Flexibility work has a definite place in a comprehensive training program. The flexibility work should be based on individual needs, not group stretching.


At 1/24/07, 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great thing to post in gym or office for others to ponder. It is not about telling folks they are stupid for doing it their way but about making them think why are they doing it the way they are doing it. If they have no good rational then they do not really know and are just doing what they have always done before.



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