The possible reduced strength after stretching at different insistence times can be partially explained by an autogenic inhibition generated by the stretching owed the activation of Golgi tendon organs (CHALMERS, 2004) which may cause a decrease in the excitability of [alpha]-motoneurons (FOWLES et al.
The justifications of autogenic inhibition and reciprocal inhibition are well accepted to justify such efficiency (CHALMERS, 2004).
During contract-relax stretching, the GTO autogenic inhibition reflex circuit is responsible for the muscle relaxation phase and the accompanying increased range of motion.
Autogenic inhibition means "self-generated inhibition.
What is the function of the GTO's autogenic inhibition reflex?
Similarly, there is no evidence that GTO autogenic inhibition lasts longer than the contraction of its parent muscle.
Autogenic inhibition produced by GTOs does not completely turn off contraction in the receptor's host muscle.
GTOs produce autogenic inhibition of their host muscle and reciprocal excitation of antagonists.