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Stretching. Katelyn Bennett David Berning Fall 2005. Introduction. There are many theories and myths about the importance and effect of stretching. Coaches tend to put a lot of emphasis on stretching prior to and following activity. Lately there has been controversy on the

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Katelyn Bennett

David Berning

Fall 2005

  • There are many theories and myths about the importance and effect of stretching.
  • Coaches tend to put a lot of emphasis on stretching prior to and following activity.
  • Lately there has been

controversy on the

effectiveness of stretching.

Don’t forget to stretch!

questions about stretching
Questions about Stretching
  • What type of stretching is best?
  • How long should we stretch?
  • Does stretching prevent injury?
  • Does stretching improve performance?
types of stretching
Types of Stretching
  • Static stretching
    • Holding a stretching exercise

in one position without movement

    • The stretch is taken to the point

where resistance is felt but no pain.

  • Dynamic stretching
    • Stretching movements that use muscle power to move muscle through full ROM.
    • Examples: neck rolls, arm circles, knee rotations
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
    • Combination of static passive stretching and isometric stretching
    • Most common PNF stretching technique is the contract-relax method
static stretching
Static Stretching
  • Improves ROM [Nelson et al]
  • Impairs warm-up effect [Behm et al]
    • Decreases balance
    • Slows muscle activation for about an hour [Fowles et al]
  • Decreases peak torque [Power et al]
    • Possibly due to altered length-tension relationship or a CNS inhibitory
  • Impairs maximal force production [Cramer et al]
comparison between stretching types
Comparison between Stretching Types
  • Static stretching better than PNF [Davis et al]
  • PNF is more effective post-exercise than before exercise [Funk et al]
  • 30 seconds of static stretch is better than dynamic for hamstring flexibility [Bandy et al.]
  • Static stretching slows muscle activation; dynamic stretching is a better choice before competition [Fowles et al]
  • Results are varied and require more research to determine best mode of stretching
duration study
Duration Study
  • 5 week study of static hamstring stretching; comparing 30s, 60s, 90s, 120s
    • 30 seconds best; longer didn’t provide more benefit
  • Effect of 15 minutes of contract-relax stretching on ROM on lower extremities [moller et al.]
    • Significant increase in hip abduction (+17%), knee flexion (+4%), ankle dorsiflexion w/ knee flexed (+18%), and ankle dorsiflexion w/ knee straight (+16%)
duration of stretching
Duration of Stretching
  • Holding stretch for 30 seconds

is sufficient to increase ROM

[Bandy et al, Ford et al]

  • No change in ROM by increasing

duration of stretch to 30-60 seconds

[Bandy et al]

  • Stretching once a day is just as

effective as stretching three times a day

  • Total of 15 minutes of stretching for all muscle groups recommended [Moller et al]
effect of stretching on performance
Effect of Stretching on Performance
  • Static stretching decrease muscle strength endurance [Nelson et al]
    • Recommended that heavy static stretching be avoided prior to performance requiring maximal muscle strength endurance
  • Neither static nor ballistic stretching had an effect on vertical jump [Unick et al.]
  • Pre-event stretching negatively impacts high power, short term exercise (example: 20 meter sprints) [Nelson et al]
stretching and injury prevention
Stretching andInjury Prevention
  • There is not sufficient evidence to endorse or discontinue routine stretching before or after exercise to prevent injury in athletes [Thacker et al]
  • Decreased incidence of muscle-related injury, but doesn’t prevent bone or joint damage (total injury rate is approximately the same) [Amako et al]
  • Stretching may help aid in prevention of stress fractures [Sanderlin et al]
  • Stretching necessary for sports with high intensity SSC’s to stretch the muscle-tendon unit (soccer, football) [Witvrouw et al]
  • Stretching unnecessary for sports containing limited SSC’s (jogging, cycling, swimming) [Herbert te al]
reasons stretching does not prevent injury
Reasons Stretching does not Prevent Injury
  • No basic science research shows that an increase in muscle compliance is associated with increased ability to absorb energy [Shrier et al]
  • Most injuries occur eccentrically, within normal ROM [Shrier et al]
  • Even mild stretching can cause damage at the cytoskeletal level [Shrier et al]
  • No effect on activities in which excessive muscle length is not an issue [Shrier et al]
  • Stretching increases pain tolerance, which is not good [Shrier et al]
  • Results from several studies contradicted one another.
  • Research is still needed to make definite conclusions about the best type of stretching and effects of stretching on injury and performance.
  • Since there is no clear cut answer, the decision about how or when to stretch is up to you!
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