Learn about Passive stretching

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Passive stretching is a type of PNF (proprioceptive muscular facilitation), it is a kind of static stretching, and one of the most effective forms of flexibility exercises that helps to increase the range of motion. it is any exercise that helps the athlete to stretch with the help of:

- One partner or more
- An object such as stretch bands or mechanical devices
- Other parts of own body .
Splits are also included in the passive flexibility type. This type of stretching is helping to relax the athlete muscles and also to gain more flexibility. Passive stretching is where an external force exerts upon the limb to move it into another position.
There are certain tips to know before stretching:
- warm up before starting the stretching
- your partner should move your stretched part in a progressive and slow way,
- avoid reaching the full range of motion at once
- the partner should avoid bouncing the part to be stretched or do jerking motions.
- the body position should be correct to avoid any injuries
- returning the stretched part to its normal position should be done gently
- perform one exercise per muscle
- this stretching is not recommended for anyone under 18.

- leave 48 hours between passive stretching sessions
- The athlete should relax while the partner is moving the stretched part to a new position. - also breathing well while stretching.
Taekwondo is a martial art that requires a good flexibility for a good and comfortable performance, and most masters are including passive stretching in their training programs for many reasons including increasing the sens of family between students, and teach them the importance of working with a partner or as a team. This type of stretching is effective and requires the help of one partner or more and no need to buy a machine for a good stretching :) For both Taekwondo kyorugi and poomsae competition, flexibility is an important factor that can make a noticeable deference in results between athletes. In Kyorugi, the ability to kick the head requires a good flexibility. In poomsae as well, high kicks help the athlete to give a good presentation to the poomsae. This means that flexibility and the good use of it can help the athlete to score more in both kyorugi and poomsae. for Taekwondo athletes,

the practice of stretching is focused on the lower part of the body (hips, hamstrings, lower back..) more than the upper body.