We have already covered the fact that static stretching before or during exercise not only has no benefits, but it could also increase your chance of injury. This is because stretching reduces the reaction time of muscles and this delay in responding to an obstacle could lead to injury.
If you have pain in your tendons – previously called tendinitis’ and now called tendinopathies – you should not statically stretch them because research shows that this can make them worse long term. This may be counter-intuitive because stretching can feel great at the time.
Tendinopathies are a common cause of pain in runners. Here are the most common running related tendinopathies and what stretches not to do if you think you might have one:
Unfortunately stretches are one of the most common exercises that are given to people with tendon pain, removing them and replacing them with appropriate loading exercises can have an immediate positive effect.
Get in touch with Lucy and her physio team if you are not sure if you should be doing the stretches you have been given.
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