We have looked at this before in the post "stretching doesn't prevent sore muscles" Now it appears that the New York Times has caught on......
The Claim: Stretching Can Prevent Soreness and Injury
Stretching — long promoted as a way to prevent injury, to reduce soreness and to speed post-exercise recovery — may not fulfill its promise. Over the years, scientists have found that stretching before or after a workout has little effect on either risk of injury or what is commonly known as delayed onset of muscle soreness, the discomfort that comes a day or more after challenging physical activity.
Of course readers of this blog now know how to prevent sore muscles ;-)