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Clin Auton Res. 2004 Feb;14(1):15-8.

Stretching increases heart rate variability in healthy athletes complaining about limited muscular flexibility.

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Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany. michael.mueck@web.de

Abstract

An increase in muscular flexibility, as well as a significant beneficial effect on heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV), was observed in healthy male athletes after performing a standardized 15-minute stretching-program over a period of 28 days. We believe the HRV increase to be due, at least in part, to the improved vagal and/or diminished sympathetic control. Therefore, we recommend stretching as an effective and gentle technique for health protection.

PMID:
15045595
DOI:
10.1007/s10286-004-0123-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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