differential relaxation

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A relaxation technique that involves producing just the right degree of tension in different muscles to perform a particular movement. Muscles not involved in the required movement are relaxed so that energy is not wasted. Differential relaxation avoids the production of unwanted tension, which can interfere with the performance of skilled movements. Elite athletes appear to be able to achieve a state of differential relaxation more easily than lower ability athletes.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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