Theory of Muscle Stretching

Theory of Muscle Stretching

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It is a good idea to begin the study of stretches by clearing up several different concepts that are related but not equivalent. Stretching refers to the action and effect of stretching, and we can define stretch as elongating or dilating something, pulling it apart by force so that it gives of itself; it is just like spreading or moving our arms or legs to warm them up and get the stiffness out. Flexibility is, on the other hand, the ability to bend easily. Of the four basic physical qualities (also called abilities, although the author prefers the traditional term) in humans: flexibility, strength, resistance and speed; stretches are included in the first of them.

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Stretches have been studied and taught by some of the most important authors in history, such as Ling, Buck, Medau, etc. Around the middle of the 20th century, some authors in the field of neurophysiology spread the technique of contraction-relaxation in the stretching exercises. This marked the beginning of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (P.N.F.) and the modern stretching that was popularized by Bob Anderson and others of the time.

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