The Reading / Listening - Stretching - Level 5

Researchers debunked a myth about how important we think stretching before jogging is. Millions of joggers around the world stretch before going for a jog. It is a daily ritual in parks and streets everywhere. Researchers from La Trobe University in Australia 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'. They say there is evidence that stretching can help keep ankle, knee and hip joints flexible, but it won't help performance or keep injuries at bay.



Researcher James Alexander conducted the research after talking about stretching with joggers. He is an avid jogger and often wondered about the benefits of stretching. He told the Reuters news agency that: "Runners have...beliefs around running injury risks... and performance that are in contrast to current research evidence." He said these beliefs make runners follow "ineffective or non-optimal strategies" when training to prevent injuries or increase performance. He suggested a 5-10-minute session of walking or light jogging as the best warm-up.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Stretching - Level 4 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 debunked a
  2. stretching before
  3. It is a daily
  4. there is
  5. decreases the risk
  6. ankle, knee and hip
  7. it won't help
  8. keep injuries at
  1. joints
  2. bay
  3. of injuries
  4. jogging
  5. performance
  6. no evidence
  7. myth
  8. ritual

Paragraph 2

  1. Alexander conducted
  2. after talking about stretching
  3. He is an avid
  4. the benefits
  5. in contrast to current
  6. prevent
  7. increase
  8. light jogging as the best
  1. jogger
  2. injuries
  3. warm-up
  4. performance
  5. with joggers
  6. of stretching
  7. research evidence
  8. the research

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers (1) ___________________ about how important we think stretching before jogging is. Millions (2) ___________________ the world stretch before going for a jog. It is (3) ___________________ in parks and streets everywhere. Researchers from La Trobe University in Australia say there is no (4) ___________________ stretching improves running performance or decreases the (5) ___________________. The research is in the 'British Journal of Sports Medicine'. They say there is evidence that stretching can help keep ankle, knee and (6) ___________________, but it won't help performance or keep injuries at bay.

Researcher James Alexander (7) ___________________ after talking about stretching with joggers. He is (8) ___________________ and often wondered about the benefits of stretching. He told the Reuters news agency that: "Runners have...beliefs around (9) ___________________... and performance that are in contrast to current research evidence." He said these beliefs (10) ___________________ "ineffective or non-optimal strategies" when training (11) ___________________ or increase performance. He suggested a 5-10-minute session of walking (12) ___________________ as the best warm-up.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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gforajog.Itisadailyritualinparksandstreetseverywhere.Researchersf
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idencethatstretchingcanhelpkeepankle,kneeandhipjointsflexible,bu
titwon'thelpperformanceorkeepinjuriesatbay.ResearcherJamesAle
xanderconductedtheresearchaftertalkingaboutstretchingwithjogge
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earchevidence."Hesaidthesebeliefsmakerunnersfollow"ineffectiveo
rnon-optimalstrategies"whentrainingtopreventinjuriesorincreas
eperformance.Hesuggesteda5-10-minutesessionofwalkingorlightjo
ggingasthebestwarm-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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Free writing

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Answers

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