Dangers of Over Stretching

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Dangers of Over stretching
“Stretching may increase your flexibility, but you will most likely be weaker and the results are often short-lived. In 2004, a report published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) questioned the efficacy of stretching; noting that more than 350 studies conducted over four decades had failed to establish that stretching prior to activity prevents injury.”
When you stretch, you take your muscle to the point where you can feel a slight pull and hold this position for a few seconds without pain or discomfort. However, if you stretch your muscles beyond their normal range of motion, you may experience a pulled muscle -or muscle strain. This is overstretching.  
A common problem is when exercise enthusiasts stretch while the muscle is still cold. By trying to lengthen muscles in a tightened state, there is a risk of causing “micro” tears. If you experience delayed pain in your muscle that occurs about one to two days after your stretching, the pain is most likely caused by tiny tears in the muscle. Symptoms of a pulled muscle depend upon on the site and severity of your injury. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, muscle spasms and the limited ability to move the affected muscle, including weight bearing/walking if the affected muscle is in your leg. Strains most commonly occur in the lower back, hamstrings and inner thigh. However, pulled muscles can occur virtually anywhere in your body that muscles and tendons are located.
Damaging a muscle through any means, including overstretching, will have an adverse effect on our ability to move. The loss of efficient movement puts stress on virtually all other structures — ligaments, tendons, joints and bones, in addition to many muscles. The body tries […]