Eccentric Training and Lower Limb Flexibility

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While passive stretching interventions increase flexibility for short periods of time (about 30 minutes), they do not appear to decrease risk of injury.

Lower limb injuries are common in athletes. A few of the contributing factors can’t be changed, such as age, gender and previous injury history. However, there are training factors that can be modified, such as altered neuromuscular control, altered muscle length-tension curve, reduced strength, and reduced flexibility.

The aim of this database review was to determine whether eccentric training programs, which increase flexibility in animal models, have measurable increases in flexibility compared to other (or no) methods.  

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Jenn Pilotti

TITLE: The Effects of Eccentric Training on Lower Limb Flexibility: A Systematic Review


PUBLICATION: British Journal of Sport Medicine

DATE: 2012

AUTHORS : Kieran O’sullivan, Sean McAuliffe, and Neasa DeBurca


1RM: In weight training a one rep max is the maximum amount of force that can be generated in one contraction.

Eccentric training: Strengthening the muscle as it lengthens.

Length tension curve: The curve that demonstrates the isometric force that a muscle exerts depending on its length.

Muscle fascicle length: Muscle fascicles are bundles of muscle fibers, usually measured by ultrasound- length refers to how long they are. Muscle fascicle length increases with resistance training.

Sarcomeres: The fundamental contractile unit of a muscle.

Sarcomerogenesis: The addition of sarcomeres in a series.



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About the Author:

Jenn Pilotti has a BS in exercise physiology from UC Davis. After graduating in 2002, she was hired by the Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach as a full time personal trainer. While there, she had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages, many of whom had aches and pains from a life well led. This piqued her interest in injuries, prevention, and pain. After years of undirected self study (and after leaving the security of a full time position to go out on her own), she enrolled in an online program through AT Still University, eventually acquiring a master's in human movement while working full time. After graduating, she continued to read research and write about its application to her work with clients. She fell in love with yoga in 2004, finally became 200 hour RYT in 2014 after years of workshops and self study (there seems to a theme), and continues to study somatic disciplines. She is DNS exercise trainer certified, FRCms, MovNat level I certified, GMB trainer certified, has taken PRI respiration, myokinematics, impingement and instability, and pelvis restoration, and has read an embarrassing number of books on movement, psychology, and wellness. She has an insatiable curiosity about what makes for a healthy person, physically and mentally, and she finds herself often asking why things work for some and not for others. She strongly believes in the power of knowledge and the power of movement. Learn more about Jenn Pilotti.

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