The Bottom Line: Why Does Static Stretching Reduce Strength Capabilities?
Humantech ergonomist Blake McGowan explains the results of a study that examined the mechanisms that reduce muscular force following static stretching in this month’s video.
The results include:
Changes are unlikely to occur in the muscle.
Changes are likely to occur in the nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
Last month, McGowan explained how static stretching has no impact on muscular endurance and the ability to generate force. To learn more, watch the video.
References: Trajano GS, Nosaka K, Blazevich AJ. (2017). Neurophysiological Mechanisms Underpinning Stretch-Induced Force Loss. Sports Med. 2017 Jan 24. doi: 10.1007/s40279-017-0682-6. [Epub ahead of print]