Originally Posted by Surecatch
I think it may depend on individual physical and age factors. In my forties, I do not stretch too much before a match. I tend to believe that for me, the story on static stretching being possibly detrimental is valid. I do just a few basic twists of the joints, swivel the hips a little, and bend over a couple times. That's it. I do make sure the muscles are warmed before match play.
To clarify though, I think that stretching is greatly beneficial as a general practice. I'm rehabbing my back and shoulder right now and I stretch for about fifteen minutes three times a day, some days. I at least do it in the mornings and in the evenings. It is not only greatly beneficial to my overall condition, it feels really good too.
I highly recommend safe daily stretching, regardly of match schedule, etc..