Research Shows That Traditional Static Stretching Can Be Detrimental

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Current research shows that traditional static stretching can be detrimental to you, particularly if your discipline has explosive or powerful movements.

Jerry Hatter the foremost authority on active stretching learnt this the hard way when he started stretching twenty years ago. Creator of and his revolutionary method of Industrial Strength Flexibility he has now taught thousands of people how to stretch to achieve maximum flexibility quickly and safely.

For years static stretching both passive and active have been the method of choice. Mr Hatter said: “With current research showing active stretching as highly superior, it is definitely the new way to stretch.

“Twenty years ago sitting in extended position in extreme discomfort and bouncing up and down was the norm for those looking to increase their flexibility. Nowadays we simply know that doesn’t work and has the potential to cause injury. Static stretching has it’s place, but new innovative ways of stretching are absolutely in.”

Since starting almost two years ago thousands of people have adopted his, Old School Stretching Is a Waste of Time system and are getting results that they never thought possible. However, Mr Hatter pointed that the shift away from old school stretching is difficult for many to accept.

“In most stretching regimes it is predominantly Static Passive stretching that is employed, coaches and trainers simply have not accepted the reality that people want faster results in todays complex world”.

He also warned that many trainers have not stayed up to date with current research.

Mr Hatter cites numerous reasons for the death of old school stretching as shown by the research carried out by R.P. Pope et al, which concluded that static stretching may actually be detrimental to performance and offer no protection from injury. He pointed out that there are dozens of ways to stretch actively and, “get great results”, so you have everything to lose and nothing to gain in continuing in the old school ways.

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Note to editors: Source Pope, R.P., Herbert, R.D., and J.D. Kirwan. A randomised trial of pre-exercise stretching for prevention of lower limb injury. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 32:271-7
Shrier, I. Stretching before exercise does not reduce the risk of local muscle injury: A critical review of the clinical and basic science literature. Clinical J. Sports Med. 9: 221-7. 1999

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