Ask a Physical Therapist

Is it best to stretch before or after a run?

“One way to engage and warm-up or stretch a muscle prior to an athletic event is to complete dynamic warm-up exercises. There are several that we like to do including “shoe sweep” , “lunge twist” and “high kick walkouts”. Always perform long static stretches after a warm up such as a short run or after the entire run. It is best not to perform long static stretches prior to a run when muscles are “cold” because this could cause injury. Also, new research shows that performance is hampered by static stretching prior to an athletic activity,” Shelley Hanchett, PT, CHT Advanced Physical Therapy Center – Clio.

Here is a video with a sample dynamic warm-up:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s