There is a theory among the southern California master sprinters that stretching the hamstrings especially before a race will lead to an increase in hamstring strains. I have even heard it espoused by some very successful local HS coaches. Many of my masters buddies do no stretching before races. They just do active exercises for warm ups. A Univ of San Diego sports physiologist concurs with this as well.
I personally have had hamstring problems in the past. Last year I stopped stretching before meets and had virtually no problems. Even after going through 3 days of 4 races at nationals my hams felt fine.
Today I went out on the track and in warmup starts for a 100 race I tweaked a hammie. I had not done any stretching today but yesterday had done a full set of stretches. I have not been ovetraining.
I am thinking that the stretching from yesterday may be the cause of my injury. My thinking is that I will now not do stretching the day before a meet either. Usually I take that day off anyhow. All of the info on micro stretching kind of leans this way recommending mild stretches.
I would like to hear your opinions on this issue while I ice my ham.:help: