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Stretching is a powerful part of any exercise programme.
They say that stretching increases the blood flow to the muscles and thus reduce the muscle soreness.
The authors then discuss the most commonly practiced types of stretching (static, ballistic, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and dynamic, this latter being a more functional stretch that uses activity-specific movements).
Research studies have shown that static stretching decreases force production due to muscle stiffness reduction and an alteration in the force-velocity relationship (3-6).
If that isn't possible, squeeze in five minutes of stretching after each workout.
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Previous studies on the uniaxial stretching of polycarbonate have shown that an increase in strength and stiffness can be achieved in the stretching direction.
Stretching was always an integral part of practice, but why?
Stretching exercises are commonly prescribed during warmup and cool-down protocols, and training and rehabilitation programmes, with the aim of improving muscle extensibility and joint range of motion (ROM) (Chan et al 2001, Reid and McNair 2004, Small et al 2008, Smith 1994, Willy et al 2001).
Keelan Whitmore used to be on a tireless quest for elastic hamstrings--until he began experiencing "a very weird and scary feeling" each time he finished stretching.
Now in an expanded and updated second edition, Stretching Anatomy is an in-depth, user-friendly guide to effective stretching.
Traditional stretching of muscles is not always had or even unnecessary, but the benefits and effects are not what you may think.