Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews

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Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews:
doi: 10.1249/01.jes.0000240023.30373.eb

Neural Aspects of Muscle Stretching

Guissard, Nathalie; Duchateau, Jacques

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Neural mechanisms contribute significantly to the gains that occur in the range of motion about a joint with stretching exercises. In the acute condition, lengthening of a muscle-tendon unit decreases spinal reflex excitability, which reduces passive tension and increases joint range of motion. Similarly, participation in a stretch-training program decreases tonic reflex activity and increases flexibility.

©2006 The American College of Sports Medicine


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