Amongst many athletes, amateur and professional alike, the concept of stretching has always been a nuisance. Stretching has in the past, been an afterthought for most people, believing the effectiveness of stretching was dubious. Today, the importance of stretching is well known, most professional sporting teams requiring their players to go through a variety of different stretches before and after the game. In all forms of exercise, stretching is the key to not only preventing injury, but also for increasing efficiency, be it being able to lift more, jump higher or run faster.
Stretching is so important, even dogs stretch! This includes my own dog, Versace, who is very cognizant of her health.
Here is a short video of her and other dogs stretching: