II. Efficacy

  1. Stretching before Exercise does not appear effective
    1. Does not decrease muscle soreness after Exercise
    2. Does not prevent injury in young patients
    3. May not apply to deconditioned or older patients
    4. Herbert (2002) BMJ 325:468-70 [PubMed]
    5. Weldon (2003) Man Ther 8(3):141-50 [PubMed]
  2. Stretching may decrease muscle injury and Low Back Pain
    1. Does not however reduce overall injury rate
    2. Amako (2003) Mil Med 168: 442-6 [PubMed]

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