Nobody can 100 percent say that stretching can directly decrease the risk of injury, but most podiatrists or physiotherapists recognise stretching can have an indirect benefit via improving muscle tone and flexibility of the body. Stretching is one of the oldest forms of training with roots in martial arts, yoga, ballet/dance and performing arts such as gymnastics. So it must have some benefit!
Stretching is most commonly employed as part of a warm up, particularly in sport. But again that doesn’t mean we are correct in what we’re doing. There are so many different types of stretching to suit each condition or body type so we invited Tim Maiden of The Foot Practice to get an insider’s perspective on what we should be mindful of, pre- and post-race!