While I as well stretch rarely and mostly remained injury free(over 30 years of weights), I don't believe it is counterproductive in the least.
Majority of people do stretch incorrectly hence the multitude of injuries claimed caused by it.
But the lengthening of the muscles is extremely important, in fact that is why when weight training you should always perform the exercise with a full range of motion, that is the goal, longer, thicker muscle bellies. Shortening the muscles is exactly what we don't want. That only increase our chance of injury.
I was set for carpal tunnel surgery due to the fact I shortened my forearm muscles, never stretched them while typing (I am a poor, hard, typer). I left my hands in an UP position for 7 years. The muscles shortened.
After 4 years of massage therapy and regular stretching I never had to undergo the knife and I am 98% pain free (pain pre treatment was 9 now when I do get it is, a 2)
But as you suggested the meeting of the minds. Kind of like the old Ford v. Chevy discussions [:D]
Well, what a difference a good pair of shoes make! Muscles are a little tight but not sore at all! Adding some of the stretches mentioned before and after helped a ton as well.
I am a firm believer in stretching wether it be dynamic, ballistic, static. Helps keep my muscles loose and flexible. They all have their place depending on the type of exercise performed or sport played.
I imagine gymnasts do alot of static stretching.
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