contract relax stretching

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A method of stretching that incorporates a reflex relaxation of the muscle being stretched. The muscle is contracted against a resistance, usually by pressing against a force exerted by a partner. Then the muscle is relaxed into a static stretch while the partner pushes the muscle into a stretch that extends it further than before. See also proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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