Never questioned, stretching before, during or after exercise is just a ‘done’ thing. But is there really any need to stretch?
This from the BBC health site:
From weekend warriors to elite athletes, stretching before exercise is a common practice, but new research has cast doubt on its effectiveness.
Research suggests that stretching before exercise is unlikely to reduce your risk of injury, improve your performance or prevent sore muscles.
However, there’s no evidence that stretching before or after exercise will do you any harm, either.