Updated: Oct 4, 2020
Australian ballet dancers stopped doing static stretching during their warm-up routines. Discover why by reading the below article.
In short - passive stretching, where a stretch is held for long periods of time, is now being shown to increase the risk of injury, not prevent it, with the latest research. This is sounding pretty controversial as we have been taught for decades to stretch to warm up!
Instead, it is being shown it is more optimal and safe to work the muscles to keep them lengthened and activated through their ideal anatomical range of motion.
We don’t do long static stretches at Move Beyond either. Strengthening and lengthening the muscles under appropriate load during our sessions is the ultimate target.