Thursday, 11 November 2010

PNF Training

PNF stretching (or proprioceptive muscular facilitation) is one of the most effective forms of flexibility training for increasing range of motion.
PNF techniques can be both passive (no associated muscular contraction) or active (voluntary muscle contraction). While there are several variations of PNF stretching, they all have one thing in common - they facilitate muscular inhibition. It is believed that this is why PNF is superior to other forms of flexibility training.
For our PNF training we were shown a series of stretches by Mr Owen. The first stretch was to stretch our hamstrings we placed our leg on our partners shoulder and push with our leg. Every time we were pushed further until we were in too much pain. we did this procedure for each leg. After Mr Owens plymetric training this was a relief to be doing flexibility  once you had done it your legs felt better and you were able to go again.
The other stretch we were doing was on our shoulders. We place our arms behind us our palms facing forward our partner pulled our arms back a certain distance. We were place on a mat sitting down my partner had his knee in my back so i couldn't move. Every time it went further and further it was quite pain full. after we had done it your shoulders and your proctorial area seemed more loose and relaxed.

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