This article (click pic for article) can be summarized by saying that static stretching (holding a stretch for extended periods) prior to activity will decrease strength, power, and performance. Will doing this make you more injury prone? Maybe. It does basically relax your central nervous system. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be lulled before I hit the weights, or my run or swim. I want to be revved-up and ready to go.
How do I do that? Do a dynamic warm-up. This is a warm-up that includes the actual movements or something that resembles the movements you’ll be doing during your workout or activity, but at a lower intensity. Click the pic for the stretching article, and the video included is one example of a lower body dynamic warm-up. Is this exact warm-up for everyone? No, of course not. But a lot of the movements included can be adjusted or modified for most people. Ask a PT you trust if you have questions. Oh, and maybe the music in the video will get you moving……….