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I was always confused as to which form of stretching is best when. Long static isolated stretches seem only beneficial when you are really warmed up. Is contract agonist/relax agonist stretching safe and effective if you are not warmed up? Also is it beneficial to bounce gently (pulse) if your range of motion? The classic example is the butterfly stretch for the thigh adductors. I figured that this movement would keep increase circulation to the area being stretch whereas not moving at all may cause cramping.

Hi Rick,

Take a look at the article at the following link...

It includes a list and full description of all the different types of stretching, plus the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.

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I'm more than happy to answer any questions relating to stretching, flexibility and sports injury management. Including how to use stretching to improve your athletic performance, prevent sports injury and aid in the recovery of sports injury.


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