Stretching before or after exercise does not reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness

  title={Stretching before or after exercise does not reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness},
  author={Nicholas Henschke and C Christine Lin},
  journal={British Journal of Sports Medicine},
  pages={1249 - 1250}
▶ Herbert RD, de Noronha M, Kamper SJ. Stretching to prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011;7:CD0045771. One reason for stretching before or after exercise is to reduce the risk of soreness after exercise.1 Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) typically arises within the first day after exercise and peaks in intensity at around 48 h.2 This review is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2007.3 A large randomised trial (2377 participants) of… 

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