- Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:32 pm #23667
A recent review of the literature on static stretching and its effect on performance was published in the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Kay AD and Blazevich AJ, 2011). They examined 106 articles that met their inclusion criteria, and found that short durations of static stretching (< 60 seconds) had no detrimental effect on maximal muscle performance (this was independent of muscle group or stretch). The article is available for free through PubMed, but I'll just post their conclusion, which is relevant to this topic.
The bottom line is that a pre-drumming stretch and warm-up should have no negative effect on your performance. Like e2c, I also find that warming up helps me get into the groove sooner. Starting out "cold", and then trying to come out in a blazing fast tempo usually makes me more tense and painful. Plus, I have to work through any stiffness, which always compromises playing.CONCLUSION:
The detrimental effects of static stretch are mainly limited to longer durations (≥60 s) which may not be typically used during pre-exercise routines in clinical, healthy or athletic populations. Shorter durations of stretch (<60 s) can be performed in a pre-exercise routine without compromising maximal muscle performance.