Originally Posted by dealt_with
After a workout static stretching won't do anything for lactic acid, keeping your limbs held in one position (especially isometrically) is going to impair the process of flushing away metabolic byproducts if anything. Light movement, a cool down is the best thing in that regard, along with things like contrast therapy and compression garments. The only benefit from static stretching after a workout that you might not get from an independent session is that since you're already warmed up you'll be more compliant and you may be able to increase your flexibility further than you could otherwise, the plastic changes may be longer lasting. I have an MSc in a related field and professional experience with sporting teams/elite athletes.
didn't realise that, one of them things I heard and just assumed it was true. Plastic changes??
Do you work with any boxers?
p.s. do you reckon it would be possible to perform any kind of useful contrast therapy using a shower sometime after training??