PNF means proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, is a form of stretching in which a muscle is alternately stretched passively and contracted. The technique targets nerve receptors in the muscles to extend the muscle length and/or joint range of motion (ROM).  PNF stretching is used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in ROM to help athletes improve performance.  Good range of motion makes better biomechanics, reduces fatigue, aids in clearing residual lactic acid from training or racing, and helps prevent overuse injuries.  Sports massage techniques (typically) used with a warming oil also help facilitate residual lactic acid clearance and muscle recovery from intense training sessions or racing.  As your Coach if he or she has this expertise, and if so, ask to have this incorporated into your personal sessions.  By doing so, you’ll notice more fluid strokes and strides, as well as fewer incidences of knee and low back strains…etc.

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