Yesterday I had my fourth BJJ class, during which I strained my groin. I'm a stretching Nazi, so it was a little pissed when it happened, it also sucks that I may have to miss my Muay Thai class Friday.
Anyway, I happened upon this NYtimes article and it discussed some interesting discoveries about the typical stretches we do or see others implementing.
To paraphrase: A study shows static stretching may weaken or harm muscles if ones body temperature is not raised before training.
It goes on to say that dynamic stretching is better suited for our pre-training needs and that static stretching is fine post training when our body temperature is raised.Quote:
"There is a neuromuscular inhibitory response to static stretching,” says Malachy McHugh, the director of research at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The straining muscle becomes less responsive and stays weakened for up to 30 minutes after stretching, which is not how an athlete wants to begin a workout.
I'm gonna get back to icing my groin now.