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Flexibility is classified as one of the five essential components of fitness by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). This paper argues that flexibility should be considered a secondary component of fitness as a) most forms of passive stretching do not have a major impact on general health measures or performance outcomes, and b) should increases in range of motion be warranted, those gains can be achieved through other forms of physical activity that have more robust health benefits than static stretching. Since yoga and flexibility are often believed to be strongly associated, yoga teachers may be interested in learning more about the current position of researchers, clinicians, and academics in regards to stretching.

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