Good flexibility can reduce the risk of injury not only in sports, but also on an everyday basis. A short muscle is more likely to become injured. A short muscle can also lead to an altered posture and create stress to your joints and your back and your neck.
What influences the amount of mobility in your joints? Research shows that skin is accountable for 2 percent of resistance, tendons and ligaments 10 percent and muscle tissue with its connective tissue account for 41 percent of the resistance. The remaining resistance comes from within the joint capsule.
Because muscle tissue is elastic and extensible, it is the area that will determine the range of motion in the joint. A short muscle will limit range of motion and a long muscle will allow full, normal range of motion.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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