Thursday, February 16, 2012
They swear stretching made them tighter in their younger days, and gave it up-- and they were right-- it did make them tighter and more prone to injury.
http://www.runnersgazette.com/features/ (See "I hate stretching!")
For an explanation of the difference between static and dynamic stretching http://ramscrosscountry.blogspot.com/2008/04/real-stretcher.html
To see a video demonstration of the Wharton method for strengthening the muscles from the knee to the foot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiLjORfQeDY&context=C3fd3922ADOEgsToPDskKw17mEns1Fp_lAjgZuvY2U
To see a video demonstration of the Wharton method of Active Isolated for the calf muscle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM48HdNZ_NE&feature=endscreen&NR=1
We have found Active Isolated Stretching beneficial to the Gloucester Catholic Cross Country team as an aid to stretching and strengthening muscles safely, and increasing flexibility.
A.I. also the only stretching technique that we have found that eliminates some persistent stubborn muscle tightness areas like piriformis syndrome (exercise #2 on page 30 of the Whartons' Stretch Book).
We asked Jim Wharton for more information on why the A.I./Wharton Stretches worked so well in this case when even a cortisone shot had not-- "It is important to address all of the muscles in the area of concern due to compensation patterns that may have developed, or imbalances (flexibility/strength) that might be influencing the piriformis. I recommend always performing the exercises on both sides (not just the effected area). If flexibility alone doesn't resolve the condition, then specific strength exercises around the hip area would be appropriate."