Chronic stretching and muscle-tendon mechanical properties

Does chronic stretching change the mechanical properties of the musculotendinous unit?

The available evidence about the effect of stretching programs on the mechanical properties of muscles and tendons shows that - although small increases in extensibility and tensile force tolerance can be noted - interventions lasting 3-8 weeks do not seem to change the fundamental mechanical properties of muscles and tendons. Instead, adaptations tend to occur at a sensory level.


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