What’s This Research About?

What happens when we stretch? The human body is a highly dynamic system, so a lot goes on when we stretch including neurological, mechanical, chemical, and hemodynamic changes. This study focused only on the latter investigating how different durations of stretching affect microcirculation in the muscle. 

They were interested in the blood volume and oxygenation because past research has shown that after stretching there is an increase in microcirculation which is one of the many factors correlated with increased flexibility and extensibility. There is also evidence that hemodynamics change pre, during, and post stretching so they recorded blood values at each time. 

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