TooObvious wrote: »
Thanks, I'll still be doing about 200km a week on the bike as well so hopefully that will help with the DOMS along with some stretching.
Ceepo wrote: »
The bike will help to some degree as you will be elevating the heart rate, which in turn will bring fresh blood and nutrients to the muscles.
However it is a common misconception that stretching will have benefit.
El CabaIIo wrote: »
That paper doesn't say there is no benefit or not from stretching though. It says there was not enough evidence to endorse or discourage stretching.
I've never seen any studies that have conclusively proved anything on it. I look at it through the same eyes as I do high mileage because no one has been scientifically been able to prove that high mileage works but everything in real life observation points to it working.
Say from a biomechanical standpoint for instance, someone has got a rounded back and a craned neck, they are more likely to get neck pain because the weight of their head is hanging out front unsupported. If that person stretches the romboids and their neck to het better posture, the weight is supported better meaning it is not strained hanging out there like a crane meaning longterm injuries or pain are less likely.
To go with posture again, good posture will also engage the muscles that are made to do that job instead of having overworked muscles picking up the work when your body is not biomechanically neutral.
On one hand, you have biomechanists with life long observational experience saying stretching does help and on the other, you have researchers saying there is no evidence that it prevents injury.
Take for example the scholar article you posted there, I googled the researchers heading that paper and none of them specialise in sports medicine or biomechanics. They are all working in disease control in the health services sector, every one of them.