By, Sean Light CSCS
Stretching has been a warm-up requirement for quite some time but recent studies have been revealing some interesting information about stretching’s effect on performance.
From a Strength and Conditioning perspective, we need to keep our athletes healthy, but at what cost? A study in a recent edition of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that PNF, static and ballistic stretching are causing a decrement in performance in various power lifts. The researchers are concluding that these stretching methods are causing a significant decrease in power output potential. So as coaches, we are faced with a health vs. performance dilemma with these warm-up methods.
Thankfully, we don’t need to confront this problem. The same study reveals the benefits of Dynamic Stretching and the use of this method can increase your power output potential in the very same exercises discrediting the aforementioned stretching methods.
Maximal Strength, Number of Repetitions, and Total Volume Are Differently Affected By Static-, Ballistic-, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching, Barroso, Renato; Valmor, Tricoli; Dos Santos Gil, Saulo; Ugrinowitsch, Carlos; Roschel, Hamilton; The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Volume 26, Number 9, September 2012