Distance Runner Static Stretching

Distance Runner Static Stretching Stretching out before a run is a good way to take some of the stiffness out of leg muscles, but the practice has also been linked to decreased force and power production. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examined the effect old school pressure against the joint static stretching had on running economy and endurance performance.

A dozen female long-distance runners ran for an hour on a treadmill after static stretching or just sitting quietly. During the first 30 minutes, subjects maintained a pace equivalent to 65% of maximum capacity. The final 30 minutes was the endurance phase where runners were told to cover as much distance as possible. Analyzing the results after their run, static stretching increased flexibility but had no effect on running economy, calorie expenditure or endurance performance.

True Strength Moment: If it helps to get you limbered up for a long run, there's no reason not to stretch out your muscles beforehand. According to this study, competitive athletes can be safe in the knowledge that stretching isn't going to shave any speed or endurance off their best effort.
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