deinhibition training

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A potentially dangerous form of training performed by some weight-lifters and body-builders. Usually, when the mechanical strain on muscles exceeds a threshold level, responses initiated by the Golgi tendon organs cause the central nervous system to inhibit further muscle activity. This is an important safety mechanism designed to prevent muscles from being overstretched, but it tends to stop them from working to their full capacity. Deinhibition training aims to remove the inhibition, enabling muscles to work with greater loads, thus accelerating strength development. It requires high amplitude or explosive movements that stretch muscles and tendons fully. However, with the natural safety mechanism removed, the risk of overstretching and damaging nerves, muscles, and tendons is high.

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