5 Stretching Do’s and Don’ts for Dancers

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3 Responses to “5 Stretching Do’s and Don’ts for Dancers”

  1. Frey October 27, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Thanks for posting this list. I would add: Do not overstretch before dancing, lax muscles slow response time. Avoid extreme monoplanar stretches, as these positions can make the ligaments lax, not the muscles. Ligaments hold your joints in the proper positions, keep them firm!

  2. Frey October 27, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Re antagonist agonist: Isotonic contractions prevent the stretch from going too far, they do not automatically relax the agonist. This has to do more with resisting against an outside force, and not with contractile options.
    The advantage of stretching one muscle group as opposed to more at the same time has no scientific basis. Many stretches do not target muscles at all, which tear after being forced past a sixth of their length. Scientists have found that it is the sciatic nerve that provides the most resistance to Hip flexion, and the ligaments of the hip that resist extension, not the muscles.

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