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Date Added: November 18, 2007 04:00:09 PM
Category: Flexibility

Gummerson defines flexibility as the “absolute range of movements in a joint or series of joints that is attainable in a momentary effort with the help of a partner of a piece of equipment”. Gummerson’s definition explains to us that flexibility is a general action, but it also in fact specifically pertains to a joint or set of joints. It is not correct when people say that the entire body is flexible, because the body in general is not flexible. The joints are the ones that are flexible or add flexibility to a person’s body. Another thing that one must keep in mind that even if you are flexible or very flexible in a certain part of your body, that doesn’t mean that the other parts of your body are also flexible. An example would be if you can do side splits, that does not mean that you can easily do front splits. Many people are unaware of that fact.

Another thing to know about flexibility is that there are many types of flexibility that people have. Athletic training normally involves flexibility, and they are grouped together according to the activities. Flexibility activities that involve physical movements are called dynamic flexibility activities.

Dynamic flexibility activities are also called kinetic flexibility activities. Such activities involve the ability of performing a dynamic or kinetic activity that needs the movement of the muscles. Such movements bring the limbs through the full range of motions of the joints.

Static Active Flexibility activities are also called active flexibility and they involve the ability of assuming and maintaining such positions that needs the use of only tension on the agonists and synergists. An examples of a static active flexibility activity is lifting the leg and then keepimg it high up, without help from any person or equipment.

The third type of flexibility is the static passive flexibility activity. It is also called the passive flexibility activity. This activity involves maintaining a position using only your own weight, or the independent support of your limbs, and specific types of equipment. The position you are maintaining should be continuous, and not shaky. The ability to perform and maintain splits (what ever kind) is a great example of passive flexibility. Long squats are also great examples of passive flexibility activities, as they are maintained for a long period of time.
There has been much research conducted that can be explored for more in depth discovery about flexibility. It was discovered that the more sports or athletic activities that a person does, the more flexible the joints become, thus the body becomes more flexible.

To become more flexible, one must undergo the right kind of training. There are a lot of training activities to achieve great flexibility; in fact everyone can do flexibility activities. But that does not mean that the rate of achieving flexibility is standardized. To be more general, if you are older and your body is now more mature, it would take longer for you to get to your desired flexibility status, which means you need to be more careful and patient.

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