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    Quote Originally Posted by rw4th
    I hade a massage therapist introduce me to it after an injury; I’m not an expert but I like it and it seems to work better then the traditional “hold stretch for 10 seconds” stuff.
    10 seconds isn't near long enough. From Taebo's sticky... (wtf happened to him anyway)

    Static Stretching

    What is it?

    Static stretching is the most commonly known type of stretching. This is where you take a muscle to its full extension and hold it for a prolonged period of time, gradually increasing the range of motion when possible.

    How it works

    The body has a safety mechanism known as the stretch reflex. The stretch reflex is designed to protect muscles from being torn by their antagonist over extending them. When the muscle spindle senses that the muscle has stretched "far enough", it causes the muscle fibers to automatically start contracting, to prevent any further extension of the muscle. When the stretch is held safely for a long enough period of time (usually 20-30 seconds), the Golgi Tendon Organ senses that the stretch is a safe one, and begins overriding the muscle spindle. This ceases the auto-contraction, and allows the muscle to begin extending into a new range of motion.

    Helpful Tips

    Hold the stretch for a bare minimum of 30 seconds. You need to allow the GTO time to override the muscle spindle. Usually you can feel it, as the tension decreases or the muscle is allowed to increase its range.

    Multiple reps is good.

    Multiple times per day doesn't hurt.

    Save yourself time and only use static stretching for muscles that are chronically tight. These muscles will be different for every person, depending on your personal postural deviations... but some of the most common ones are: Calves, Hip Flexors, Lats, Adductors, Piriformis.
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    i think static stretching has been pretty much pwned by active isolation stretching.

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    Judah Maccabee's Avatar
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    Pavel Tsatsouline has a method similar to PNF, but you actually flex/contract the muscle to be stretched prior to stretching it.

    It sounds weird, but it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateJon
    I'm a fucking moron.
    I specifically stated that Pavel's the one who thinks fear is what's keeping you from stretching dickcheese. Why are you so dumb?

    -That was one last textual jab from Baofuhaibo

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