A recent study conducted by researchers at George Washington University say stretching before running in fact does not protect from injuries.
The injury rate of all study participants were roughly the same regardless of whether or not the runner stretched beforehand. Over 2,000 athletes were examined. Dr. McDevitt, however, still recommends stretching.
"I will continue to advise light stretching before exercise, for running or anything else. Stretching works on your flexibility. Maybe it won´t prevent you from getting hurt, but it will help your overall health," he says.