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Researchers believe they have debunked a [mythical / myth] about the perceived [importance / important] of stretching before jogging. Hundreds of millions of joggers around the world perform [statistic / static] stretching exercises before going for a jog. It is a daily [ritual / virtual] that can be seen in parks and streets [somewhere / everywhere] . However, researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia say there is no evidence [to / for] show that stretching [reproves / improves] running performance or decreases the [risk / risky] of injuries. Their research is published in the 'British Journal of Sports Medicine'. They say that [while / which] there is evidence that stretching can help keep ankle, knee and hip joints flexible, it won't aid performance or keep injuries [in / at] bay.

Lead researcher James Alexander conducted [a / the] research after discussions with [runners / runs] about stretching. Mr Alexander is an [avoid / avid] jogger and often wondered what the benefits of stretching were. He told the Reuters news agency that: "Runners have [certainly / certain] beliefs around running injury risks, injury [precaution / prevention] and performance that are in contrast [of / to] current research evidence." He added: "These beliefs drive runners to continue to [pursue / peruse] ineffective or non-optimal strategies within their running training, [weather / whether] through static stretching for injury prevention or low-load strength training for performance." He [recommendation / recommended] a 5-10-minute session of walking or [light / lit] jogging as the best warm-up.

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