• Julian Simpson

Is stretching any use ?

Is stretching any use ?


Stretching exercises are integral part of the rehabilitation and sport. Despite this, the mechanism behind its proposed effect remains ambiguous. It is assumed that flexibility increases, e.g., action on muscle and tendon, respectively, but this is not always present in the stretching protocol of the exercises used. Recently, the fasciae have increased popularity and seems that they can have a role to define the flexibility and the perception of the limitation of the maximal range of motion (ROM). Deep fascia is also considered a key element to transmit load in parallel bypassing the joints, transmitting around 30% of the force generated during a muscular contraction.



Results from recent research shows that static stretching can induce an increase in the overall stretch tolerance , which can help the muscles and tendons involved, as well as the fasciae of the anatomical region


Reference

Stecco, C.; Pirri, C.; Fede, C.; Yucesoy, C.A.; De Caro, R.; Stecco, A. Fascial or Muscle Stretching? A Narrative Review. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 307. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11010307

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