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It looks like the value of stretching before running is not so great in terms of the prevention of injuries, even though many continue to stretch before starting their training.
A new study led by Daniel Pereles of George Washington University in the USA, after 13 years of study of two groups of randomly sampled 2,729 volunteers who run at least 16 km a week with one group performing stretching exercises for three to five minutes before running and the other not stretching, showed that the rate of injuries was the same for both groups (16%).
The researchers attributed the injuries mainly to the history of recent injuries, while they found a correlation between rate of injuries and higher body mass index.
Of course, stretching helps improve flexibility but it is preferable to perform it at the end of training, since this helps in the recovery of muscles.
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