Stretching: Mechanisms and Benefits for Sport Performance and Injury Prevention

  title={Stretching: Mechanisms and Benefits for Sport Performance and Injury Prevention},
  author={Pornratshanee Weerapong and P. Hume and G. Kolt},
  journal={Physical Therapy Reviews},
  pages={189 - 206}
  • Pornratshanee Weerapong, P. Hume, G. Kolt
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • Physical Therapy Reviews
  • Abstract Stretching is usually performed before exercise in an attempt to enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. Most stretching techniques (static, ballistic, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) are effective in increasing static flexibility as measured by joint range of motion, but the results for dynamic flexibility as measured by active and passive stiffness, are inconclusive. The mechanisms of various stretching techniques in terms of biomechanics and neurology, the… CONTINUE READING
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