Stretching bad wrote:
Don't stretch. I stretched religiously for decades and I was injured for decades. Have been injury free since I stopped. I now jog for about 10 minutes, do drills, strides and that gets me ready for workouts and races.
Static stretching does not increase performance or reduce frequency of injuries. Studies show this. Instead, I only do what stretching bad wrote... slow jog to warm up, then several drills, and a few strides.
Here's an analogy. Take a warm rubber band. You can pull it and stretch it easily. Now, take a rubber band that's been in the freezer and it easily breaks when stretched.