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Types of Stretching
Ballistic Stretching uilizes "dynamic" movements, such as bouncing up and down to stretch the muscles. This type of stretching is counerproductive since the muscle is forced to stretch against itself. This type of stretchng can lead to injury because the elastic limits of the muscle may be exceeded. Ballistic stretching exercises are not recommended by the American Council on Martial Arts for flexibility development.
Some examples of ballistic stretching include any flexibility exercises that use rapid (dynamic) movement ito the point of the stretch and returning rapidly to the point of exercise origination.
"Static" stretching uses slow rhythmic movements to desired positions to stretch the muscles. Once the position is reached, the position is to be held between 1`5 and 30 seconds, then slowly releassed. The stretching positions should be performed only to the point of stretch.
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