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What is the role of stretching in strengthening muscles?

Stretching helps to improve the ability to strengthen muscles by widening the range of motion in the muscle or joint. Dynamic and active stretching are recommended for this purpose, as it can help reduce the need for stretching over time.
 
Transcript: "What is the role of stretching in strengthening muscles? I say first, I would almost like to flip this question around and see that strengthening muscles plays a huge role in stretching or the the need to stretch. So properly, strengthening through a wide range of motion and getting stronger, throughout a wider range of motion. Of a muscle or a joint can actually really help aid in being an active stretch itself. And you might feel that you have the like that need to stretch will come around a lot less. If you are going to be doing some stretching to help improve the ability to strengthen your muscles, I would typically recommend some Dynamic and active stretching to help really open up an area that you're going to focus strengthening on. So then you you can strengthen within that larger range which overtime again will help be a way that you feel like you don't really need to stretch those muscles anymore."
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Colleen Little, PT, DPT, OCS

PT/Strength Coach Bowerman Track Club
What is the role of stretching in strengthening muscles? I say first, I would almost like to flip this question around and see that strengthening muscles plays a huge role in stretching or the the need to stretch. So properly, strengthening through a wide range of motion and getting stronger, throughout a wider range of motion. Of a muscle or a joint can actually really help aid in being an active stretch itself. And you might feel that you have the like that need to stretch will come around a lot less. If you are going to be doing some stretching to help improve the ability to strengthen your muscles, I would typically recommend some Dynamic and active stretching to help really open up an area that you're going to focus strengthening on. So then you you can strengthen within that larger range which overtime again will help be a way that you feel like you don't really need to stretch those muscles anymore.
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Lisa Pataky, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Head Physical Therapist, Overtime Elite
What is the role of stretching and strengthening muscles? Well, I would say that they're still very limited evidence that static stretching does anything, but Dynamic Mobility work. And dynamic warm-ups. Prior to activity are really helpful for injury risk reduction. But also the more range of motion and Mobility that you have, then you can do strengthening through a full range of motion. You're going to get more cross Bridge formation. You're going to get more. Ability to strengthen the full length of the muscle instead of just small sections of it. So I don't know that I would ever still recommend static stretching prior to doing strengthening, but Mobility work. That's Dynamic to warm up the tissue and prep it for the strengthening and loads that are going to be implemented. On to. It can be really helpful, not only for injury, risk reduction, but for being able to strengthen through a full range of motion, which will then translate to probably more efficient movement. it's if you're an athlete or just things that you need to do throughout your life, if you're a general population patient,
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Dr. Brian Cunningham

🇺🇸 Olympic Swim Team Physiotherapist
What is the role of stretching and strengthening muscles? Actually not much, it's more. After you do the strengthening exercises stretching is more important. For example, when you are strengthening your breaking down the tissues and that's when you get the muscle soreness. So what you find is that I call him, Jim junkies that go to the gym and he keep doing bench press, and it's mainly, guys, lot of testosterone and as they're aging, they're like, man, I'm getting weaker and weaker and what tends to happen. Happen is the muscle is getting shorter and shorter because they're not opening up and allowing that muscle to recover after their strengthening. And so it's important more afterwards to stretch the muscle, and it's more important to stretches. There's two types of stretching, static or dynamic. You want to do more Dynamic stretching, where you opening it in, many different directions. So, hopefully, that helps
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Cheryl Alden, PT

Pilates based physical therapist, instructor/trainer
What is the role of stretching and strengthening muscle every muscle has a certain range? It can go through allowing joint Mobility. While, providing stability, when we think about strengthening, sometimes we only think about the shortening phase, the concentric, not the lengthening, phase The Eccentric, muscles need a balance of strength and flexibility for optimal function. Sometimes muscles are tight for a reason. Chronic muscle tightness May indicate a muscular imbalance. Some muscles may not be working as well as others leading to muscular tightness. If you continually stretch the same muscle and it continues to get tight, the answer may not be to stretch, but to find the imbalance, causing The Chronic tightness. Pilates combines the strengthening, with lengthening, working the muscles, through larger ranges of motion, as able to provide muscular strengthening while. Also, working on muscular lengthening, working to balance the large muscles, with the small muscles to create muscular, balance and strength.