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Many fitness experts believe that static stretching can be counter-productive, maybe even potentially harmful.

 

“Experts say it is like extending a rubber band to its limit. When people stretch to the maximum, they are more likely to pull a muscle. “We have developed this idea of static stretching at exactly the wrong time,” said Kieran O’Sullivan, an exercise expert at the University of Limerick in Ireland, who has studied various types of stretching and their impact on athletes. When you stretch before exercising, your body may think it’s at risk of being overstretched. It compensates by contracting and becoming more tense. That means you aren’t able to move as fast or as freely, making you more likely to get hurt.”


“O’Sullivan said stretching helps with flexibility, but people should only do it when they aren’t about to exercise, like after a workout, or at the end of the day. In the last few years, several studies have found static stretching before playing a sport makes you slower and weaker”


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