We are all probably aware of the R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method used for pain and injuries. In this article I am going to look at how the latest research shows us that this method probably isn’t as effective as we thought it once was and will also show you what method we would be better off using.
In these next series of articles I will be looking into stretching and whether it does what we think it does, the latest research into stretching and whether we could be doing anything more effective. The common reasons I hear for wanting to stretch include: “it will prevent injury”, “It will reduce muscle soreness” and “muscles will get longer and more flexible”. Stretching is, likely, something we have been taught since we first started any physical activity in school and it’s a belief that most of us still have today, despite the fact there is very little (if any research) to prove the stretching does ANY of the above statements.
Today I will look at whether stretching can reduce the chances of injuries.
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