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Do distance runners need to stretch?
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Not really. At least not according to a study titled “Impact of stretching on the performance and injury risk of long-distance runners” which concluded, among other things, that:

  • Static stretching can reduce running economy and performance for up to an hour afterwards
  • Static stretching doesn’t reduce the longevity or intensity of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
  • Static stretching doesn’t do much for chronic injuries
  • On average elite athletes are less flexible than their non-elite counterparts

Kind in mind the study only addresses static stretching. Dynamic stretching is something I do before every run.

Check out the full study here:

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