Reflexes

Stretch Reflexes Add Power
checking reflexes
checking reflexes

Many athletes and coaches are aware of the stretch reflexes that are built in to the body and have an understanding that the stretch reflex can be used to one’s advantage for speed and power. When quickly bending his or her legs in preparation to jump, the jumper’s patellar tendon is stretched which sends a quick impulse to the quadriceps muscles to contract. The tendon also acts like a rubber band that exerts force to return to its original position after being stretched. The effect of the stretch reflex is to generate added force and power into a person’s ability to jump. If the jumper does not immediately respond to the impulse of the reflex by immediately springing up into the air, the reflex dies and jumping power is lost. Continue reading Reflexes