We have all seen the RESEARCH! Dynamic and active stretching prior to exercise yields better performance than static stretching, which has actually been shown in some studies to be worse than NO STRETCHING AT ALL when implemented prior to exercise! (I do believe there is a benefit to STATIC STRETCHING after exercise even though I PREFER Active Isolated Stretching)
We all hear athletes say “I do a dynamic warm-up” yet we continue to see one of three things occur:
1. NO WARM-UP AT ALL
2. STATIC STRETCHING PRIOR TO EXERCISE
3. And my personal favorite instruction from coaches: “STRETCH ON YOUR OWN”
I also consider the fact when someone says they do a dynamic warm-up they may truly NOT be doing a dynamic warm-up. A few high knees and “butt-kickers” is not a proper dynamic warm-up.