I was wondering as accomplished coaches and runners what your opinion is on stretching before you run? I know that there is a major difference to dynamic and static stretching, but does either in your mind have value, especially to younger runners?
Run SMART Coach Vince Sherry:
We have found through various studies as well as personal experience that Active Isolated Flexibility produces the best results before a run. AIF allows for increased blood flow during stretching and does not override the body’s natural reflex mechanism as with static stretching (when the nervous system suspects that a muscle or the fascia is being overstretched it will naturally contract the muscle, which can lead to injury). We’ve had great results with AIF as athletes as well as with the runners we coach.