PNF stretching


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PNF stretching

A method used by physical therapists to increase the range of motion of a specific joint. PNF stretching is regarded as the fastest and most effective way to increase static-passive flexibility.
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PNF stretching is a stretching technique that is usually done with a partner.
in 2005 examined the effects of static and PNF stretching on power output.
This flexibility program should consist of static or PNF stretching methods in which the stretch is held for 20 to 30 seconds and repeated three times.
Wallin et al (1985) investigated the effect of 30 days of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and ballistic stretching, and 30 days of on-going PNF stretching with different stretching frequencies from one to five times a week.
1985) investigated the effect of 30 days of PNF and ballistic stretching, followed by 30 days of on-going PNF stretching alone.
2005) investigated the differences between static and PNF stretching on isokinetic leg extension in recreationally-active males and females and reported negative effects of equal magnitude from both stretching protocols.
Hence, the variables peak power, mean power, and the time to reach peak power were assessed during the Wingate test after a static stretching, dynamic stretching, PNF stretching, and a no stretching condition.
Regarding PNF stretching, the studies that investigated its effects on strength (Marek et al.
PNF stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)--performing a stretch and then contracting the muscle.
Active and PNF stretching, however, which involve progressive muscle contraction and specific patterns of movement against external loading over the full range of movement, seem to offer the most effective means of improving the full range of functional performance in sport (running) and exercise.
Obviously, PNF stretching requires a trained partner and great care.
Hands: The Effects of a Warm-Up on Acute Hip Joint Flexibility Using a Modified PNF Stretching Technique, J.