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(strĕch) [AS. streccan, extend]
To draw out or extend to full length.

static stretch

A sustained, low-intensity lengthening of soft tissue (e.g., muscle, tendon, or joint capsule), performed to increase range of motion. The stretch force may be applied continuously for as short as 15 to 30 sec or as long as several hours.


severe passive or active extension of a limb or the trunk.

stretch injury
commonly involves tendons and soft tissues surrounding a joint, particularly of the lower limbs. See dropped carpus.
stretch receptor
see receptor (2).
stretch relaxation
a not universally accepted characteristic of the smooth muscle of the gastrointestinal tract; if the muscle tension is being maintained by regular neural discharge, a distention of the organ which stretches the wall may temporarily inhibit the nervous impulses so that the muscle relaxes and accommodates the new length of the muscle.

Patient discussion about stretch

Q. How to prevent Stretch Marks? I am pregnant and am starting to get Stretch Marks. How can I stop them?

A. Stretch Marks are hereditary and some women get it while others don't. There are special creams out there in order to prevent stretch marks, however I recommend you take a good moisturizing cream and rub it on your stomach and anywhere else that you need to, every night after the bath.

Q. I want to know why do all pregnant woman get stretch marks and how to treat them? I have given birth to a baby boy recently….it is joyous time on Christmas Eve. This is my second baby. During my previous delivery I didn’t get any stretch mark but now. I want to know why do all pregnant woman get stretch marks and how to treat them?

A. not all women get stretchmarks during pregnancy. some women get them without being pregnant.

Q. Are these stretch marks very common and how to avoid them? I mean which cream to be used? I am in my 8 th month. Everything is going good. Just a worry came when I saw one woman having stretch marks. Are these stretch marks very common and how to avoid them? I mean which cream to be used?

A. Hi , this is my 2nd baby. During the last pregnancy I had stretch marks. I have seen some ladies, who do not have at all. I met one woman with 4 children she did not have any. One of my friend; had in the very first pregnancy. There are creams available for use by pregnant woman before and after pregnancy to avoid stretch marks altogether.

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The adjoining 15-km Hubova Ivachnova stretch should be completed a bit earlier.
6 HAMSTRING STRETCH START by placing the foot on something about table height; flexible people will need something higher, the inflexible will need something lower.
The acute effects of combined static and dynamic stretch protocols on fitness performances in soccer players.
In contrast, at both stretching temperatures, the elongation at break decreases for planar-stretched polycarbonate films as the stretch ratio increases.
To stretch or Not to stretch: The role of stretching in injury prevention and performance.
Following this initial stretching period, participants in stretch group 1 reduced the frequency of stretching to three times per week and those in stretch group 2 stretched once a week for a further six weeks.
Typically, when dancers feel tight, their automatic response is to try to stretch it out.
5) ROM increases due to stretch tolerance can mask the protective mechanisms of pain and result in increased injury risk (3).
Reductions in active plantar flexor moment are significantly correlated with static stretch duration.
All stretches were performed dynamically to full ROM at a moderate speed of approximately 1 Hz (approximately 30 repetitions per set) such that there was continuous motion, but without enough speed to force the stretch beyond normal ROM.
USATF, "A Large, Randomized, Prospective Study of the Impact of a Pre-Run Stretch on the Risk of Injury in Teenage and Older Runners," August 2010, http://www.
Use multiple plains of movement, using breathing to dictate the stretch.