Originally Posted by newfydog
And I would suggest that I am not special in any way. There is little to no double blind medical evidence to the benefits of stretching. The first one I googled up is from another Canadian:
Stretching research clearly shows that a stretching habit isn’t good for warmup, injury prevention, preventing or treating muscle soreness, enhancing athletic performance … or even flexibility!
Abstract: Stretching just doesn’t have the effects that most runners hope it does. In particular, plentiful recent stretching research has shown that stretching doesn’t (1) warm you up, (2) prevent soreness or injury, or (3) enhance peformance. No other measurable and significant benefit to stretching has ever been proven. Even if it worked, stretching would be inefficient, “proper” technique is controversial at best, and many key muscles are actually biomechanically impossible to stretch — like most of the quadriceps group (which runners never believe without diagrams). If there’s any hope for stretching, it might be a therapeutic effect on muscle “knots” (myofascial trigger points), but even that theory is full of problems.
hotly debated in cycling circles for decades...
there, at the moment, seems to be no real way to correlate 'stretching' with performance ehancement or injury reduction. Contrary, there is now 'Evidence' that stretching reduces best performance (also crappage). Yet, there seems much empirical and anecdotal evidence that stretching does help many things in body structure fitness.
Especially funny is that quote above, from a Massage Therapist, considering that Massage suffers from the same scientific abyss of verifiable evidence. Yet for sure, many athletes could not function in multi-day events without an extended massage - ask any pro cyclist.
Not to get into it and start another debate here, but flexibility issues are a key component of aging. If you can;t comfortably touch your toes, among other flexibility issues, you will be prone to more possibility of injury, expecially under sudden and unexpected movements.
Animals stretch Instinctively - at least many do. I'm not sure if elephants find it necessary, but those which hunt for their food, or need to run away, certainly do.
The difficult part is finding the proper balance of 'warmup' before doing active stretching which does put considerable load on muscle, connective tissue and joints.
For example, a very active Yoga practice is always preceded with an extended period of very gradual 'warmup'. I would offer the same suggestion for any active stretching program.
Anedotal evidence - after 2 blown discs (L4 & L5 area) from racing in the late 60's - early 70's and now being a full inch - 2.5 cm - shorter than I was 35-40 yrs ago, I can attest that without stretching, yoga and massage (including other aspects of a comprehensive fitness) I couldn;t do most of the things I now do, at the level I do them. MY flexibilty and stretching day starts as soon as I wakeup and before I put a foot out of bed.
Not to be hugely critical of the 'video', but trying to do reasonably effective warmup and stretching might be best accomplished before you get into all the clothes and locked into ski boots. A good, quickening pace walk is a great way to warmup before some Brekkie and serves well enough for some further warmup & stretching, indoors, before suiting up.
If you're standing in front of the lift, and suddenly think its a good idea to do some stretching, that's really just an after thought.
Maybe offer a 2 part program, 'In-Lodge' & followup 'Top of the Lift- 1st Run' further warmup.