Stretching helps gain or maintain flexibility/elasticity of muscles. This may sound good, however, it is not recommended to stretch before, during or after the training as this lowers the muscle strength and increases the possibility of soft tissue injury. Jure Bornšek, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, orthopedic and manipulative therapist, advises fascia stretching, i.e. stretching several muscle groups and fascia at the same time, which improves flexibility and mobility of a runner, and decreases the possibility of injury. This kind of stretching should be done at least twice a week, and at least 3-4 hours after a long, easy run, or one day after a short, explosive run.
Bornšek Jure, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, orthopedic and manipulative therapist
Ivan Uršič, fitness coach, coordinator at the recreation facility Središče Vitalis