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Healthy Running Step by Step by Robert Forster, Roy Wallack

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7 Stretching and Flexibility

How 5 to 10 minutes a day of muscle and connective tissue lengthening perfects your form, and keeps the tightness, injuries, and doctors away.

When I first began working with Olympians in the 1980s, the number of gold medals won by individual athletes was directly proportional to the number of times a week I saw them in my clinic for what we called health maintenance—injury-preventive care that included stretching, massage, icing, and other recovery modalities. Jackie Joyner-Kersee came in the most and ended up with six Olympic medals. Florence Joyner, Flo-Jo, was a close second; she earned four Olympic medals.

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