Viscoelasticity: The viscoelasticity remains the same, even after a lot of daily stretching and stretching during the cooling down of sports like gymnastics.
Neural stretch tolerance: This will increase by stretching on a regular basis, so you can stay more flexible if you keep doing it. But if you stop stretching you need to get the tolerance/pain level back to where it was before you get to a certain flexibility level again.
Muscle length: Your muscle length stays the same. Like said above, your nervous system will allow you to stretch further due to the increase of your pain/neural stretch tolerance.
What are some stretching guidelines?
You don’t want to static stretch before a weightlifting session, why? By static stretching you relax a muscle, decrease power output and decrease muscle activation. Something that you don’t want before trying to lift heavy weights.
The benefits of stretching?
Static stretching specifically before combat sports can improve mobility and flexibility. If you want to throw better high kicks, you need to have good flexibility, so stretching specifically for that will help. A good way to integrate stretching is doing it after waking up. This way it will improve your posture, improve blood circulation (so it can help/aid with recovery), improve your range of motion in the joints, improve your posture and decrease lower back stiffness and pain. And it will only take up about 10 minutes of your time!
Also, short static stretching of your hips, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps before practising combat sports will improve your mobility to throw better kicks. Same goes for upper-body stretching and striking.
I hope that with this article I gave you good insight about stretching. If you have any questions or feedback about this article or if you have any other questions about training, nutrition, mindset and lifestyle, feel free to send me a message!
Bart de Winter
Owner DEWINTER Personal Training
Licensed Personal Trainer & Lifestyle coach.