Eccentric Training for Flexibility
How many of your clients have decreased flexibility in their lower extremities? Probably most of them! As astute practitioners, we all know that statically stretching a muscle is no longer the gold standard for increasing muscle flexibility. This post from The Sports Physiotherapist discusses the benefits of including eccentric based exercises to help increase muscle flexibility.
The study they conducted analyzed 6 articles on eccentric training of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gastroc-soleus. Each of the 6 articles showed improvements in range of motion or muscle fascicle length. While these articles used healthy subjects, it is definately something think about when trying to increase muscle flexibility with your clients.
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