The patient is a 30-year-old male who seems healthy but with a history of tendon injuries. He is a software engineer.

What stretches are worth doing, and at which frequency (e.g., daily or weekly)? The main goal of such stretches would be to prevent tendon injuries.

The patient has no concern in particular, and cost is not an issue.

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    Awfully broad question, Franck, and rather vague too. What does "worth doing" mean?
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 18:12
  • x2. Stretching generally has an intended purpose, and if the patient has a history of tendinopathy, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable without the intervention of a PCP and PT to design the program.
    – JohnP
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 20:08
  • @CareyGregory I have tried to make it clearer, let me know if it's still too broad. Commented May 4, 2016 at 21:50
  • @JohnP I have added a purpose, is it okay now? Sure, the PCP and PT could be consulted to check, that would be recommended. Commented May 4, 2016 at 21:50
  • @JohnP (Thanks for your answer, very interesting) Commented May 4, 2016 at 23:42

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If the purpose is to prevent tendon injuries, then stretching is not really an effective solution.

This article took a look at nearly 2000 articles in Embase and PubMed, and distilled down to 10 representative studies, none of which found that stretching was an effective method for preventing injuries. (On a side note, I have done previous searches on trying to find proof that stretching prevents muscle injury as well, and come up dry).

They did note a couple of items that did show improvement, namely shoe insoles and hormone therapy related to better outcomes for Achilles susceptibility, and they also noted that prophylactic stretching and training could actually increase the risk.

So if you are looking to prevent tendon injuries in an asymptomatic person, stretching is probably not the path you want to pursue.

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