Position Stands

Getting the most out of your stretching routine

Acute effects of muscle stretching on physical performance, range of motion, and injury incidence in healthy active individuals: a systematic review

David G. Behm, Anthony J. Blazevich, Anthony D. Kay, Malachy McHugh 
Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Published on the web 8 December 2015, 10.1139/apnm-2015-0235

December 8, 2015 - The conclusions of a systematic review of hundreds of studies contradict the most common static stretching findings from the last 15 years. This research is available today in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism and the findings have been endorsed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), Canada’s resource and voice for exercise physiology and health & fitness.

"CSEP strongly supports promoting physical activity for healthy outcomes and equally important to that are warm up routines that increase range of motion and decrease muscle injury," says Dr. Phil Chilibeck, CSEP Chair. "The recommendation in the CSEP Position Stand is that all components of a warmup be included with appropriate duration of stretching. The inclusion of static, or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), stretching is recommended and has the potential to positively influence the standard warmup routines of a large number of athletes."  

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Taking a Stand: Balancing the BENEFITS and RISKS of physical activity in children

Benefit and Risk for Promoting Childhood Physical Activity

Patricia E. Longmuir, Rachel C. Colley, Valerie A. Wherley, Mark S. Tremblay
Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Published on the web 19 August 2014, 10.1139/apnm-2014-0074

August 19, 2014. Today the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology took a stand on the promotion of childhood physical activity and published their position and recommendations in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

This position stand provides an important overview of knowledge in the area of risk of physical activity for children and suggests both a practical guideline and a research agenda. This Position Stand addresses both practical guidelines and a research agenda. Uniquely, this position stand addresses both benefits and risks of physical activity for children.

The use of instability to train the core in athletic and nonathletic conditioning

David G. Behm, Eric J. Drinkwater, Jeffrey M. Willardson, Patrick M. Cowley
Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2010, 35(1): 109-112, 10.1139/H09-128

Resistance training in children and adolescents

David G. Behm, Avery D. Faigenbaum, Baraket Falk, and Panagiota Klentrou
Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 33(3): (2008) | doi:10.1139/H08-910 | © 2008 NRC Canada

Joint SOGC / CSEP Clinical Practice Guidelines: Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Davies, G.A.L., Wolfe, L.A., Mottola, M.F., MacKinnon C. Can. J. Appl. Physiol. 28(3): 329-341 © 2003, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

Published in the June 2003 issues of Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada and the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology.