WebCT-275-6 Flex Low Back 06

WebCT-275-6 Flex Low Back 06 - Flexibility and Low Back...

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Flexibility and Low Back Pain Objective: To examine the benefits of flexibility and the factors that affect flexibility. To describe how low back pain can be prevented and managed.
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Benefits of Flexibility/Stretching Maintains joint health Improved quality of life (ex., ease of ADLs) May prevent low back pain May prevent injury Temporary reduction of post-exercise muscle soreness Relief of aches/pains and muscle cramps Promotes relaxation Maintenance of good posture
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Factors Affecting Flexibility Gender Age Excess body fat Joint structure Tightness of muscles/tendons/ligaments Genetics Muscle temperature
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Joint Structure
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Nervous System Activity Muscles contain stretch receptors that protect the muscle from stretching too far If muscle is stretched quickly or over-stretched: stretch receptors send signal to spinal cord spinal cord sends message back to muscle telling it to contract Stimulating a reflex muscle contraction during a stretch can cause injury
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course KIN 275 taught by Professor Lamont during the Spring '06 term at Rhode Island.

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