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Do you do any stretching exercises before you go snowboarding? *It seems like a good idea to do some basic stretches before snowboarding since the weather is below freezing and your body will be more frigid. *Also, some snowboard movements seem like they can be kind of jerky so some stretching beforehand seems like a good precaution against injuries....
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Being more flexible can possibly help with some types of injuries but generally stretching before an exercise doesn't do shit besides make you feel good. You are better off spending the time learning to fall properly.
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Some people need to stretch more than others. "Doesn't do shit" is a terrible generalization.

Personally, I don't stretch too much before riding, but I do tons of Yoga weekly. I work out also and stretch afterwards and warm-up my muscles properly. If you had a personal masseuse, massage would be the best thing before riding IMO.

I work in the golf business too, and the bottom line is every person's needs are different. No one can say stretching "does nothing" as many of the best athletes in the world have a major warm up routine. Conversely, many professionals do nothing before their sport.

Younger people should stretch to help prevent injury as kids/teens grow unevenly. Really. For some people, one arm will grown one month, then a leg, it really is not perfectly symmetric how we grow. That is why in the best pre-college programs, trainers/parents keep a strict log of athletes growth patters, and gauge performance goals based on growth spurts. If a person is not meeting their goals due to the month/year/years of growth, the person can dial back their performance goals so as to not be disappointed in failing because of physical issues rather than skill issues. A person can have all the skill, but fail because their body is just off at that time. This keeps people in their game, without feeling like failures.

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Some people need to stretch more than others. "Doesn't do shit" is a terrible generalization.
No it's not. Studies have shown it doesn't do shit. I can link them if you want be bored by lots of text.

Warming up also has very little impact on performance though they are two different things, as warming up usually involves some cardio.
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No it's not. Studies have shown it doesn't do shit. I can link them if you want be bored by lots of text.

Warming up also has very little impact on performance though they are two different things, as warming up usually involves some cardio.
Heard that before and it makes sense in a controlled, clinical environment and the resulting controlled exercise (treadmill, stationary Bike).

And Medically, sure, who the fuck cares.

The real word is much different than a study.

"Warming up" is more common in certain professional sports than just typical stretching. One in the same, up for debate obviously.
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You ever see a lion stretch before taking down a gazelle?


Stretching is more important after a workout. It helps to stretch/warm up a bit before, but if you over do it it's worse than not doing it. After a full day of boarding I'll stretch my legs a bit when I take my boots off, helps keep your muscles from tightening up.
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You ever see a lion stretch before taking down a gazelle?
Slow down Tallahassee. I've never seen a Lion warm up before taking down a gazelle either. They're not the best example here.
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I do some yoga right when I wake up as I get out of bed but nothing immediately pre-ride. Don't all house cats and dogs stretch first thing when they wake up? I wonder if big cats do too? I've never seen a lion in the wild. I've never even seen a bobcat.

I'll warm up with a mellow first run down the mountain. I think that counts as "dynamic stretching," which seems to be the current thought versus classic "static stretching" that gym teachers used to espouse.

After I get home and I'm tired, achy, and sore I'll stretch a bit because it feels good.
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Doubt any of you ride 150 to 200 days a year. Stretch before and after it helps immensely. Oh noez some white lab coats that have never been physically active say different and live an unactive lifestyle. Yeah just what I want to do is not be loosened up when hitting 45 foot jumps at 9 in the morning. Yoga for the win.


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No it's not. Studies have shown it doesn't do shit. I can link them if you want be bored by lots of text.

Warming up also has very little impact on performance though they are two different things, as warming up usually involves some cardio.
I don't really care what 'studies' say either. First couple laps for me are always warm ups to get legs going again, coupled with a bit of a stretch. If I tried to go all out without that it'd end badly no doubt.

Plain bad advice IMO
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