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Neural aspects of muscle stretching.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17031252     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
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.
Authors:
Nathalie Guissard; Jacques Duchateau
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Exercise and sport sciences reviews     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0091-6331     ISO Abbreviation:  Exerc Sport Sci Rev     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-10     Completed Date:  2007-01-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375434     Medline TA:  Exerc Sport Sci Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  154-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Applied Biology and Research Unit in Neurophysiology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. nguissar@ulb.ac.be
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Humans
Muscle Stretching Exercises
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
Neural Inhibition / physiology
Physical Education and Training
Reflex, Stretch / physiology*

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