What Happens When We Stretch?

A while back I read a riveting run-through of several myths and misconceptions about stretching, over at pain science researcher Paul Ingraham’s website painscience.com.

Afterwards, I thought it’d be a good idea to summarise what I’d learned and add to it, focusing on how our current understanding of stretching relates to yoga.

Unfortunately, I lack Ingraham’s skill for succinct, witty prose (seriously, go read his article) but I can draw decent, so I made it into a comic.

References:

(1) https://www.efdeportes.com/efd74/injur.htm

(2) http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/content/BPL_Images/Content_store/Sample_chapter/9781405132985/9781405132985_4_003.pdf

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK9961/

(4) https://www.mechanobio.info/cytoskeleton-dynamics/what-are-motor-proteins/what-steps-are-involved-in-the-myosin-powerstroke/#ITEM-1815-0

(5) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titin

(6) http://medind.nic.in/jau/t06/jaut06p3.pdf

(7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25200179

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11796669

(9) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1160931/

(10) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7453508

(11) https://www.bmj.com/content/325/7362/468

(12) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/28.suppl_5.s-69

(13) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/03635465010290030801

(14) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/03635465010290020301

(15)https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/35/6/435?itm_campaign=bjsm&itm_content=consumer&itm_medium=cpc&itm_source=trendmd&itm_term=0-A&int_source=trendmd&int_medium=trendmd&int_campaign=trendmd

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