The Bottom Line: How Does Stretching Impact Human Performance?
Humantech ergonomist Blake McGowan shares the findings of a systematic review of literature that determined the impact of stretching on human performance in this month’s installment.
The results include:
Stretching reduces strength capabilities and the ability to generate force.
It reduces speed and agility.
Stretching has no impact on muscular endurance.
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Simic L, Sarabon N, Markovic G. (2013). Does pre-exercise static stretching inhibit maximal muscular performance? A meta-analytical review. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2013 Mar;23(2):131-48.