- No studies have reported positive effects for endurance runners
- Provides no significant assistance in the reduction of chronic overuse injuries
- No evidence to suggest stretching could assist in the reduction of DOMS across the literature for athletes of any discipline
- However endurance runners are typically less flexible and have more economical running styles
- No studies have shown that acute stretching has the ability to improve the performance of endurance runners
THE BOTTOM LINE
in Endurance Runners
Review limited to effects of static stretching. There are other potential forms of stretching that may impact other aspects of running.
Investigate other methods of DOMS reduction.
Better modalities exist to manage/prevent chronic injury in endurance runners.
periodization, planned training to regulate mileage
restorative and non running-recovery sessions
More related to running economy, better targets for improvements in performance are VO2max, lactate threshold & muscular strength/endurance
Identify your reasons for stretching. (acute injury management, pathology, feels good, performance, DOMS, flexibility etc)
Dig deep. Investigate metrics that reflect those reasons. Is your stretching doing what you want it to do?
Get help. Have open discussions with your coaches. Ask us. FITS is here to support your running practice.
At FITS Toronto we’re excited to announce FITS Runner’s Screen and Runner’s Program. These are industry first to Toronto that will help you run injury free and faster. Based on the results of the tests we’ll build a program to:
Prevent and address common running injuries through cadence, foot strike mechanics, motor control development, therapy where appropriate and strength development
Improve running economy and enhance running performance
Help you select appropriate footwear .
You’ll receive a full report detailing our recommendations with strategies to help you run injury free and faster.
FITS RUNNER'S SCREEN AND RUNNER'S PROGRAM
FITS Runner’s Screen will access YOURRunning Mechanics:
Cadence, foot strike, and body control
Body and spine awareness
Foot and ankle mechanics
Thoracic spine mobility and lung expansion
Knee and hip strength and capacity
Existing injuries and your running volume and intensity with respect to injury and performance
The Science of Running Series
May 14– The importance of stretching – The results MAY surprise you.
June 11 – System Stability / “THE TRUNK”
July 9 - Single Leg Control
Sept 3– Common Running Injuries
Oct 29- RUNNER'S CHOICE
Oct 1– RUNNER'S CHOICE
Aug 6– Strength Training for Runners
Functional Innovative Therapeutics Inc | May 16, 2019