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The type of stretching that involves "bouncing" or lunging in a repeated pattern is called ballistic stretching. While there are a few, very limited uses, it has been contraindicated as a stretching method for many years. Every tendon (structure that connects muscle to bone) has what is known as a stretch reflex, that when triggered, causes the muscle ...


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Because you are risking a hamstring tear and/or lower back injury, for little or no gain. Both are very painful and take a long time (months) to recover. First of all, as others have pointed out, you should not do ballistic stretching. In addition, you should always keep your spine straight when stretching the hamstrings. When you reach the limits of your ...



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