The Reading / Listening - Stretching - Level 4

Researchers believe it is a myth that we must stretch before jogging. Millions of joggers around the world do this. It is a daily ritual in many parks and streets. Researchers say there is no evidence to show stretching improves running performance or decreases the risk of injuries. The research is in the 'British Journal of Sports Medicine'. There is evidence that stretching can keep our joints flexible, but it won't help performance or prevent injuries.



A researcher conducted the research after talking about stretching with joggers. He jogs and often wonders about the benefits of stretching. He said: "Runners have...beliefs around running injury risks... and performance that are in contrast to current research evidence." He said runners follow ineffective strategies to prevent injuries or increase performance. He said a 5-10-minute session of walking or light jogging was the best warm-up.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Stretching - Level 5 or  Stretching - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-running-stretching-myth/no-evidence-stretching-prevents-running-injuries-idUSKBN1Y21ZY
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7736081/No-evidence-stretching-prevents-running-injuries.html
  • https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2019/11/06/bjsports-2019-101169


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Researchers believe it is a
  2. we must stretch
  3. It is a daily
  4. stretching improves running
  5. decreases the risk
  6. keep our joints
  7. it won't
  8. prevent
  1. ritual
  2. of injuries
  3. injuries
  4. myth
  5. help performance
  6. performance
  7. before jogging
  8. flexible

Paragraph 2

  1. A researcher conducted
  2. the benefits
  3. running injury
  4. in contrast to current
  5. prevent
  6. a 5-10-minute
  7. walking or light
  8. the best warm-
  1. jogging
  2. research
  3. up
  4. of stretching
  5. session
  6. risks
  7. the research
  8. injuries

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers believe it (1) ___________________ that we must stretch before jogging. Millions (2) ___________________ the world do this. It is a daily ritual in many (3) ___________________. Researchers say there is no (4) ___________________ stretching improves running performance or decreases the (5) ___________________. The research is in the 'British Journal of Sports Medicine'. There is evidence that stretching can keep our joints flexible, but it won't help performance (6) ___________________.

A researcher (7) ___________________ after talking about stretching with joggers. He (8) ___________________ wonders about the benefits of stretching. He said: "Runners have... (9) ___________________ injury risks... and performance that are (10) ___________________ current research evidence." He said runners follow ineffective (11) ___________________ injuries or increase performance. He said a 5-10-minute session of walking (12) ___________________ was the best warm-up.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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onsofjoggersaroundtheworlddothis.Itisadailyritualinmanyparksand
streets.Researcherssaythereisnoevidencetoshowstretchingimprov
esrunningperformanceordecreasestheriskofinjuries.Theresearchisi
nthe'BritishJournalofSportsMedicine'.Thereisevidencethatstretchin
gcankeepourjointsflexible,butitwon'thelpperformanceorpreventinj
uries.Aresearcherconductedtheresearchaftertalkingaboutstretchin
gwithjoggers.Hejogsandoftenwondersaboutthebenefitsofstretching
.Hesaid:"Runnershave...beliefsaroundrunninginjuryrisks...andperf
ormancethatareincontrasttocurrentresearchevidence."Hesaidrunn
ersfollowineffectivestrategiestopreventinjuriesorincreaseperforma
nce.Hesaida5-10-minutesessionofwalkingorlightjoggingwasthebe
stwarm-up.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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