Monday, July 21, 2008

Truth about muscle flexibility

Magnussion P et al reported:
With stretching:
1. With repeated stretches muscle stiffness declined, but returned to baseline values within 1 hour.
2. Long-term stretching (3 weeks) increased joint range of motion as a result of a change in stretch tolerance rather than in the passive properties.
Where as strength training resulted in increased muscle stiffness, which was unaffected by daily stretching.
The effectiveness of different stretching techniques was attributed to a change in stretch tolerance rather than passive properties.
Inflexible and older subjects have increased muscle stiffness, but a lower stretch tolerance compared to subjects with normal flexibility and younger subjects, respectively.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful theory to know about the muscle stiffness.

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