Dr. David Behm on How to Use Stretching Effectively To Improve Your Training Results, Reduce the Risk of Injury, and Optimize Sport Performance

David Behm Doing Research
Dr. David Behm in the Lab

Dr. David Behm is an award-winning Research Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. He is the recipient of the Memorial University President’s Award for Outstanding Research (2006), Memorial University School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Award for Service Excellence (2012), National Strength and Conditioning Association Outstanding Sport Scientist award (2014) and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Honour Award (2015).

David is also one of the most prolific researchers in the world across a broad range of interests, such as resistance training, balance, and neuromuscular responses to stretching among many others with over 200 peer-reviewed articles and over 11,000 citations, and he ranks within the top 2.5% of the most productive researchers in the world, according to ResearchGate. He has made many public appearances on television, radio, and on new media, in addition to being featured in mainstream newspapers and fitness magazines.

With his own athletic background of having been a junior ice hockey player, being drafted into the Canadian Football League, and being a provincial champion in both Tennis and Squash, David’s interests, research, and engagement with the public are informed by his desire to bridge the gap between these worlds for everyone’s benefit.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • What you should know about stretching, injury prevention, and pain reduction
  • The science behind stretching and how it can help or hinder your workouts
  • Why you should warm up before training (and the perfect warmup routine)
  • … and much more!

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Some of you may already be familiar with or may have heard of David and his work in passing if you have a habit of keeping your ear to the ground in when it comes to HIT and health & fitness in general. Here is one of his many public appearances, where David speaks at length about stretching and athletic performance on TEDx.


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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: Have you made a habit of warming up or stretching prior to working out? What has your experience been like? Please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this post.

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