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Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2006 Oct;34(4):154-8.

Neural aspects of muscle stretching.

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Laboratory of Applied Biology and Research Unit in Neurophysiology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.


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.

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