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Preparing for action

Emily Friedel

A good warm up before training is crucial for injury prevention – this is something that most people who exercise are aware of.  Unfortunately, a lot of people still don’t know what constitutes a “good” warm up.  Go to any fun run, marathon, local soccer game, gym or swimming pool and you’ll still see people using static stretches to prepare for whatever activity they intend to do in the near future.

Let’s be very clear about this: static stretching before exercise is not only useless, it actually reduces athletic performance.  You’re probably better off doing no warm up than doing static stretches before physical activity.