Dynamic strecthing is best for runners find out why
Posted May 06 2010 11:49am
Static stretching is no longer recommended for runners. Many studies have been performed by exercise physiologists and sports medicine experts and the conclusion seems to be there is no harmful effect from static stretching but performance seems to be enhanced specifically for runners with dynamic stretching.
Dynamic stretching improves muscular power. (Yamaguchi & Ishii, 2005). It also has a positive effect on sprinting. (Fletcher & Anness, 2007).
Moreover, there is a positive relationship between a runners ability to acquire higher speed while running if proceeded by dynamic stretching. ( Little & Williams, 2006).
Dynamic stretching involves warming up with movement which involves similar and exaggerated patterns performed while running. Static stretches involve holding a muscle lengthening exercise for 15 to 30 seconds. In general, move to get the edge on running.