The role of neural tension in stretch-induced strength loss.

  title={The role of neural tension in stretch-induced strength loss.},
  author={Malachy P. McHugh and Jamie Tallent and Christopher D. Johnson},
  journal={Journal of strength and conditioning research},
  volume={27 5},
The purpose of this study was to determine if neural tension during passive stretching affected subsequent strength loss. Eleven healthy subjects (10 men, 1 woman; age 34 ± 12 years) performed maximal isometric hamstring contractions at 100°, 80°, 60°, and 40° knee flexion before and after five 1-minute hamstring stretches performed in either a spinal neutral position or a neural tension position. One leg was stretched in the neutral position and the other in the neural tension position… CONTINUE READING