What is an example of ballistic stretching?

Ballistic stretching involves stretching by bouncing into (or out of) a stretched position by making use of the stretched muscles as a spring that pulls you out of the stretched position, for example bouncing down repeatedly to touch your toes.

What are the 3 types of stretch?

When it comes to stretching, there are three main techniques: static, dynamic, and ballistic stretching.

Why is ballistic stretching used?

The purpose of ballistic stretching is to take your muscles past a point of reflexive control in order to achieve a greater range of motion which may not be achieved with normal dynamic or static stretching. Like all types of stretching, ballistic stretches definitely have a time and place where they can be beneficial.

What is the difference between static and ballistic stretching?

Static stretching is the most commonly used and involves lengthening a muscle to the point of discomfort and then holding that position for a short period of time ( 5). Ballistic stretching involves continuous bouncing movements at the end ROM where the muscle is at maximal length.

What kind of stretching is best?

PNF Stretching. PNF stretching is currently the fastest and most effective way known to increase static-passive flexibility.

What are the 2 types of stretching?

Dynamic stretching is most important before activity, while static stretching is most important after activity. Dynamic stretching helps prepare the body for exercise and decreases risks for injuries.

What is isometric stretching and how does it work?

Isometric stretching is a type of static stretching (meaning it does not use motion) which involves the resistance of muscle groups through isometric contractions (tensing) of the stretched muscles (see section Types of Muscle Contractions).

Why is this type of stretching not considered useful?

This type of stretching is not considered useful and can lead to injury. It does not allow your muscles to adjust to, and relax in, the stretched position. It may instead cause them to tighten up by repeatedly activating the stretch reflex (see section The Stretch Reflex ).

What happens when the isometric contraction is relaxed?

When the isometric contraction is relaxed and the contracting fibers returned to their resting length, the stretched fibers retain their ability to stretch beyond their normal limit, and you have increased flexibility.

What happens to the agonists in an active stretch?

The tension of the agonists in an active stretch helps to relax the muscles being stretched (the antagonists) by reciprocal inhibition (see section Reciprocal Inhibition). Active stretching increases active flexibility and strengthens the agonistic muscles.