Does Stretching Help Most Sports Injuries Recover?
According to Stacy Ingram PhD from the University of Minnesota, many times we are pulling on an injured, weakened tissue that is trying to heal (remodel) when we stretch a recently injured hamstring or Achilles. Given this, think through when considering injury recovery.
Current research shows that we need to consider eccentric loading (lengthening contractions) to optimize the recovery. Eccentric contractions often occur when resisting a force, which causes the muscle to lengthen. Lowering a dumbbell during a biceps curl is an example of an eccentric contraction. Performing such contractions will work to actively strengthen the muscle and heal it. It is best to optimize your recovery by not following what is on the web, but by consulting a Physical Therapist at OSI Physical Therapy.
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