Hi SCSA, check out this thread:http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...;f=11;t=000167
Stretching is a tricky issue. I mentioned in the Agility thread a video clip that was shown at the SPEED AGILITY QUICKNESS working given by the conditioning coaches of the Vancouver Cannucks. They showed one hockey team perform pre game slow static stretches. The other team performed dynamic flexibility exercises, which involved movement sequences designed to increase range of motion without dramatically altering muscle length.
The static stretch team had slow reaction times, and seemed to be more prone to injury than the team that warmed up dynamically.
There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. If a mucle group is so tight that it inhibits the movements of others, then some pre activity satic stretch may be called for. A prime example of this is the hip flexors. If they are tight, they restrict the actions of the gluteus, which can mess up your performance.
A stretching technique that is gaining some popularity is PNF, or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Precipitation.
To do a "cliff notes explanation, PNF involves the concept of reciprocal inhibition. One when muscle group contracts, the opposite group relaxes.
For more info and a good online stretch library, check out this site:http://www.stretchman.com/stretch.html
Also, in the Mo'stability thread, check out the links on myofascial release.