In some of our previous posts, we talked about the lack of evidence that stretching programs alone produce desired results. (NOTE: If you are only seeing a reduction of 5-10%, we would caution against attributing those results to a cause and effect situation unless it’s across a very large sample size).
We get asked a lot about whether or not stretching programs work. To best answer this, we must dig into two key areas of knowledge: peer reviewed research and our in-the-field experience in injury prevention.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common work-related injury today, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “More than 600,000 workers have MSDs, resulting in days away from work each year,” cites a U.S. News Health and Safety report1. That translates into an estimated cost of “$213 billion in annual treatment, care, and lost wages.”2