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August 21st, 2017

The Bottom Line: Static Stretching and Injuries: What Does the Research Say?

Certified ergonomist Blake McGowan shares the results of several studies that found that static stretching conducted prior to physical activity does not reduce the incidence of overuse injuries in this month’s issue.


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