While passive stretching interventions increase flexibility for short periods of time (about 30 minutes), they do not appear to decrease risk of injury.
Lower limb injuries are common in athletes. A few of the contributing factors can’t be changed, such as age, gender and previous injury history. However, there are training factors that can be modified, such as altered neuromuscular control, altered muscle length-tension curve, reduced strength, and reduced flexibility.
The aim of this database review was to determine whether eccentric training programs, which increase flexibility in animal models, have measurable increases in flexibility compared to other (or no) methods.