Stretching-Performance Link is a Myth


A recent study proved that stretching could not affect the athlete’s gameplay. 

Scientists gathered 20 young athletes to join in the research. For four days, the subjects stayed in a controlled laboratory. 

Regarding the specific activities inside the controlled hub, the proponents revealed that it is a combination of strenuous activities. From running, sprinting, to diagonal movements, the players’ performance was tested.

Comprising the first to third day were static and dynamic stretching routines. And on the fourth day, the athletes did not perform any preparatory activity.

The result of the study affirmed that the performance of the subjects was not affected by preparatory activities. In fact, even the athletes who did not perform a drill got the same level of performance.

The researchers hope that their findings will enlighten coaches and sports professionals. People must refrain from thinking that preparatory drills will increase the chance of winning a game.

What are the Different Types of Stretching

Static stretching involves subtle movements, while dynamic requires more energy and space. 

Examples of Static:

  • Posterior Capsule Stretch. Recommended for throwing athletes. Keep your shoulders relaxed and then cross your one arm to the other side of your body. Then, pull the crossed arm towards your chest.
  • Hamstring Stretch. Use a chair and place your foot forward. Lean going to your foot and keep your knee in a straight position.

Examples of Dynamic:

  • Leg Swings. You just have to swing your legs with an alternating speed.
  • Walking Lunges. Bend your knee and then forward your foot. Then, hold your hips for a couple of seconds.
  • Torso Twists. Stand firm and move your trunk (sideways) freely.

Do these exercises but don’t think that it will increase the performance of your players. Doing preparatory drills only prevents injuries, no more, no less.