Is stretching after training unhealthy?

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  1. The Accuser

    The Accuser Brown Belt

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    I always stretch a lot after bjj class, legs, hips, upper body. But now a sports scientist who is also a running coach told me stretching right after exercise was detrimental. One should wait at least until after the shower or - ideally - stretch on separate days.

    How do you guys do it? Esp the 30+ crowd.
     
  2. DancesWithBears

    DancesWithBears White Belt

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    I've never heard that before, I definitely don't fall into the 30+ crowd but I always stretch everything right after training. Maybe if I'm super exhausted I'll kind of collapse for a few minutes first.
     
  3. nefti

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    im in my late 30's and stretching makes a big difference on how I feel the next day. Also, drinking enough water is another big factor, started having less injuries/soreness after i forced myself to drink water.
     
  4. aus101

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    If you are warm then static stretching should be safe and effective, although the one time you don't want to do it is before exercise. Is it bad to stretch right after? Perhaps,
    I could see the claim that it's dangerous to stretch right after the muscles have been worked (and thus tightened).

    However, many people will static stretch right after training, trainers will recommend it, so I doubt it will too bad for you, if it's what you currently like to do.
     
  5. Reyesnuthugr

    Reyesnuthugr Dominick Reyes Belt

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    It is unhealthy prior to training. After is the right time to do it
     
  6. These Two Hands

    These Two Hands Our revenge will be the laughter of our children

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    Thomas Kurz recommended dynamic stretching before and static afterwards, and
    I've yet to see anyone with a contrary opinion actually physically rival his flexibilty so yeah...
     
  7. Human Bass

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    After is fine. Stretching with the muscles cold that are no good unless you just plan to stretch and nothing else.
     
  8. dmwalking

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    lol what?
     
  9. Codger

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    That is pretty much the currently accepted view. No static stretching before exercise.
     
  10. Uchi Mata

    Uchi Mata Preaching the gospel of heel hooks and left kicks

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    This. Dynamic stretching before exercise, static after. It's much easier to induce the CNS changes that are the main source of increased flexibility when you're stretching a warm muscle than a cold one.
     
  11. anaconda

    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    I didn't realize flexibility had a significant CNS component. I guess it makes sense though.

    Any recommended sources to read up on that?
     
  12. Codger

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    "Stretching Scientifically" from Thomas Kurz and some of Pavel's books are a good start.
     
  14. Kenny from MD

    Kenny from MD Less angry than before.

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    Seems counter intuitive but this is what I was always told by people who seem to know what they are talking about
     
  15. dmwalking

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    Wow. Thanks guys. This was enlightening.
     
  16. GordoBarraBJJ

    GordoBarraBJJ Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    yes and a foam roller helps a lot as well.
     
  17. HtomSirveaux

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    It's funny how practices change as knowledge grows. I remember middle and high school pe classes started with a ton of static stretching, mixed in with some dynamic stuff like neck and shoulder circles...

    When you're young you can probably get away with anything or nothing.. but the older I get, the more I appreciate the warm up process and the longer it takes, lol
     
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    My kids' gymnastics classes still do the same. Drives me f'n crazy.
     
  20. The Accuser

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    That was one of the reasons I was given: When muscles are tightened you may cause tears of the microfibre. No big deal. But it would actually slow down recovery.

    The other reason was that when you are warm you might overstretch and get hurt because your ligaments are already pretty flexible in this state.
     

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