It is important to note the difference between dynamic and static stretches. There is a lot said about how the two vary and their relative value. Our stance is that dynamic stretching is extremely valuable because it has been shown to increase strength and power prior to training and matches.
Static stretches prior to the game should be avoided. The majority of studies have noted a detrimental effect on performance (specifically, a reduction in power). However, static stretching after the game appears to increase players’ range of motion. We therefore feel that these stretches are a valuable part of the Recovery Session.
If players are told to adopt this Recovery Session from an early age, they will carry it on throughout their careers, becoming fitter and more consistent because of it.