Stretching: Acute and Chronic? The Potential Consequences : Strength & Conditioning Journal

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Acute and Chronic? The Potential Consequences

Stone, Mike PhD; Ramsey, Michael W. PhD; Kinser, Ann M.; O'Bryant, Harold S. PhD; Ayers, Chris MS; Sands, William A. PhD

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Strength and Conditioning Journal 28(6):p 66-74, December 2006.
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Stretching is commonly used by many athletes in different sports. Although acute stretching, as part of a warm-up, can enhance range of motion, it may also reduce performance. Acute stretching can reduce peak force, rate of force production, and power output. Chronic stretching may enhance performance, although the mechanism is unclear. Acute stretching has little effect on injury. However, chronic stretching (not part of warm-up) may have some injury reduction potential.

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