Thankyou for your reply Joe.
Your review makes interesting reading. However, I would like you to clarify
When discussing the thixotrophic property of muscle, you advocate the use of
a 'sport-specific warm up'. What exactly would this entail? One of the
justifications for dynamic exercise warm up that has been repeated to me
several times is that it is supposedly more specific to the movements
demanded by the sport (i'm talking hockey here, but I'm sure the theory
would apply universally) than static stretching. But is it specific enough
to be of benefit, and would you classify the dynamic stretching element of a
warm up as being 'sport specific'?
What I dont understand is that given there is a lack of evidence generally,
and the consensus of the evidence base in existance is that stretching has
little to offer the pre-game warm up (if not potentially exerting a negative
effect), why is stretching (static and/or dynamic) recommended so
dogmatically and performed by athletes at every level of competition? Any
>From: Joe Wright <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: To support research in sports medicine <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Warm up exercises
>Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 13:27:34 +0100
>See my review on the biomechanics wiki:
>Basically, everyone should avoid both types of stretching before
>Btw: Is anyone left on this list?
>----- Original Message -----
>I have heard a lot from coaching courses and workshops about the benefits
>of 'dynamic' stretching warm up in contrast to more traditional 'static'
>stretches, however no one has ever presented to me any particularly
>convincing rationale for this popular trend (let alone evidence).
>Can anyone provide me with any scientific insight into the benefits and/or
>risks associated with these two kinds of stretching techniques, and why
>dynamic stretches may be more advantageous than static?
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