There is a plethora of scientific research that concludes stretching, to a certain extent, as a waste of time. As an elite college coach, I personally do NOT consider it a waste of time. I think stretching is important, but there are some big reasons why I am having my athletes replacing stretching with a nice hot shower, as a group, before practice.
1. Stretching can actually CAUSE pulled muscles. Stretching to hard can cause injuries.
2. Stretching takes up too much of our practice time. Plain and simple.
3. Group stretching is extremely pointless, because everyone's muscles are different and they become loose at different times. Some of my runners are stiff as a board, but when they get in a hot shower, they can bend all the way forward and touch their toes. They've even told me this.
4. A 20 minutes hot shower session will get their muscles nice and loose for the workout. Water needs to be 103 degrees farenheight. If you go to 104 degrees, their muscles can spaz a lil bit. It's called a muscle spasm. A well documented physiological phenomenon. I will not be showering with them, nor will I be providing soap. But i will be controlling the temperature of the water and how long they are in there for. Like a puppetmaster controlling his puppet with strings, a coach is very similar to being a puppetmaster.
5. Most importantly, the hot shower sessions that we will be performing as a group, will get their BRAIN nice and woke for the workout. Your brain is very important. It is your brain that dictates all of your physical movements and physical accomplishments. If your brain is asleep, then your workout and your desire to succeed will also be asleep. Mentality is what molds and dictates and engineers your physicality. The brain is what controls the pain. Your mentality controls and overrides your physicality. That's why my teams moto is mentality > physicality.
mentality > physicality
head track coach and assistant cc coach
A college in San Antonio