Flexibility in injury prevention and performance
Place of Publication
Joyce, D., & Lewindon, D.
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Introduction: Flexibility training is considered to be an integral part of most athletic training programmes, yet in some sports there is much debate as to the importance of flexibility training and how it should be structured within a programme. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss issues surrounding the use of muscle stretching in the context of the athletic performance program design for athletes. The term 'flexibility' will be used in this chapter to encapsulate both range-of-mottion (ROM) and muscle-tendon extensibility (i.e. stiffness) aspects simultaneously.