Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Stretching is an interesting subject. Studies have shown that when you stretch, you actually get weaker. Pure, old-school stretching should generally be done after a workout when the muscle is warm as opposed to prior to a workout.
What you should do before an athletic activity is warm-up: get your blood circulating and the muscles and tendons prepared for battle. The best way to warm-up is to simulate the activity you're going to do at a lower level of intensity.
This is counter to what people were taught 15-20+ years ago but it's been known in S&C circles for about 10-15 years.
Each player should have a specific stretching routine that they perform after workouts and at other designated times.
In previous training camps I'd attended, I seem to recall all the players "stretching" en masse before breaking off into their specialty groups. Does that not happen any more?
More importantly, are you and Doc saying they're not doing it sufficiently/effectively??