October 30, 2013 | Posted in:News Reports

(Reuters Health) – Strength training and balance exercises are more likely to help prevent sports injuries than stretching, a new look at the evidence suggests.

Overall, researchers analyzed close to 3,500 injuries.

Lauersen and his colleagues found three studies that looked at stretching programs and showed no benefit for averting injury.

The limited data “do not support the use of stretching for injury prevention purposes, neither before or after exercise,” the study team wrote in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

But six studies that looked at the effects of balancing exercises meant to improve joint stability found a 45 percent lower risk of injury among people in the exercise group

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