Continuing on from last weeks Stretching Thoughts, I've attached a info-graphic put together by a strength coach who is certified in many aspects of Functional Range Systems; as you might know I am certified in Functional Range Conditioning, a mobility training sector of their system. I appreciate having a medium to connect with other coaches, trainers, and practitioners. A system of best practices can grow from discussions and it helps evolve my philosophy continually. I often use my collected knowledge and express it through my own words, but more often than not, someone else has said it better. In this case I borrow words from Charlie Reid CMT, CSCS, ACSM, FRA, FRCms, FR. http://www.charliereidfitness.com/blog/why-do-you-want-to-stretch
"I get a lot of questions from folks asking questions about when and why to stretch. There are many pervasive myths that exist around stretching, but few resources out there helping to dismantle these beliefs and then formulate a framework as to how to apply stretching at the right time. I think if you spend enough time in the literature on stretching and flexibility, the less and less of a fan you will become of static stretching for the goal of increasing usable range of motion. This isn't to say that static stretching doesn't have its place (i personally enjoy relaxed static stretching as a way to wind down at the end of the day or after i've done a hard workout), but i think people can overdo it by stretching too much passively while ignoring more active means of mobility training." Charlie Reid
Now I will give some clear direction when it comes to the when and how you should include static stretching into your training. But again, some more food for thought. There is always a bigger conversation.
Emile Maxwell Connaughton