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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.18 - 2009
ARTICLE – abstract

Stretching techniques in medical rehabilitation

Ojoga Florina1, Ojoga L2, Nicolescu M2, Predescu Corina 3, Gusita Veronica 4
1 Rehabilitation Department, UMF Carol Davila, Bucharest,
2 Orthopaedical Department, UMF Carol Davila, Bucharest,
3 Kinetotherapy Department, National Academy of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest,
4 National  Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bucharest, Romania


The article presents the major stretching techniques in neuro-muscular rehabilitation, because the maintenance of a full, on-restricted ROM is one of the major goals of a rehabilitation program. There are 3 types of stretching techniques (ballistic, static and PNF) and each of them has advantages and disadvantages, which are reviewed and discussed in the article. Ballistic stretching is used for active people, static stretching is indicated for untrained individuals and PNF stretching is the best method to improve flexibility.
Key words:

flexibility, stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.

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