Last week I wrote about increased risk for knee injuries with poor form on squats and lunges, and unaccustomed plyometrics. The fact is that increasing strength is a critical component of injury risk reduction, it’s just that you have to do it correctly.
This week let’s look at another controversial topic. Does stretching help? Between increasing strength, improving balance, and increasing flexibility is one better than another? It turns out that the most effective way to reduce injury risk is through increased strength, followed by improved balance.
Surprisingly, stretching to improve flexibility has not been shown to reduce injury risk. It doesn’t seem to be harmful so do it if you enjoy it or if you feel it improves your sport and fitness performance.