Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy

Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy
Open Access

ISSN: 2157-7595

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Diulian Muniz Medeiros

Diulian Muniz Medeiros
School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance,
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

  • Commentary
    Does Stretching Have Long-Term Effects on Muscle Performance? A Clinical Commentary
    Author(s): Diulian Muniz Medeiros and Tamara Fenner MartiniDiulian Muniz Medeiros and Tamara Fenner Martini

    Flexibility is an essential component of physical fitness. The most common technique used to enhance muscle flexibility is stretching. Even though there is a great amount of evidence showing the benefits of chronic stretching on flexibility, it remains unclear whether such increase in flexibility can affect muscle performance (MP). Most of the studies in this field have concentrated in analyzing the acute effects of stretching on muscle strength. However, the literature is scarce with regard to chronic effects of stretching on MP. The possible mechanisms involved in flexibility enhancement following chronic stretching give an indicative that MP might benefit from adequate flexibility. A decrease in muscle-tendon unit (MTU) stiffness seems to be a key aspect for an increase in performance since it might improve the energy storage capacity within the MTU dur.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2157-7595.1000269

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