Non-muscular structures can limit the maximal joint range of motion during stretching

Nordez, Antoine, Gross, Raphael, Andrade, Ricardo, Le Sant, Guillaume, Freitas, Sandro, Ellis, Richard, McNair, Peter J. and Hug, Francois (2017) Non-muscular structures can limit the maximal joint range of motion during stretching. Sports Medicine, 47 10: 1925-1929. doi:10.1007/s40279-017-0703-5

Author Nordez, Antoine
Gross, Raphael
Andrade, Ricardo
Le Sant, Guillaume
Freitas, Sandro
Ellis, Richard
McNair, Peter J.
Hug, Francois
Title Non-muscular structures can limit the maximal joint range of motion during stretching
Journal name Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1179-2035
Publication date 2017-03-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s40279-017-0703-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 10
Start page 1925
End page 1929
Total pages 5
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher Adis International
Language eng
Subject 2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Abstract Stretching is widely used in sport training and clinical practice with the aim of increasing muscle-tendon extensibility and joint range of motion. The underlying assumption is that extensibility increases as a result of increased passive tension applied to muscle-tendon units. In some stretching protocols, this condition is not always met sufficiently to trigger adaptation within the muscle-tendon unit. For example, there is experimental evidence that both acute and chronic stretching interventions may increase the maximal range of motion in the absence of changes in the passive torque-angle curve. We contend that these results are partly explained by the influence of non-muscular structures that contribute only marginally to the passive torque. The potential candidates are the nervous system and fasciae, which would play an important role in the perception of the stretch and in the limitation of the range of motion of the maximal joints. At least in part, this may explain the lack of a significant effect of some chronic stretching interventions to change passive muscle tension.
Keyword Gastrocnemius Medialis
Passive Knee Extension
Passive Tension
Passive Torque
Slump Position
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID QUETE 2015-09035
Interdisciplinary project
Institutional Status UQ

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