Fitness coaches have said that stretching can be beneficial for someone that has muscle problems, but more studies have shown that stretching too much can bring adverse effects to an athlete. Stretching helps to free your joints by allowing more blood to flow across your body, yet there should be a limit for stretching, if not, you’ll be exposed to some disadvantages.
The most pronounced disadvantage that comes with overstretching your muscles is called joint laxity which is a medical term loose ligaments that might lead to free joints that bend more than they’re supposed to. Stretching is employed to treat stiffness of muscles, but experts have shown that dealing with laxity is more problematic than dealing with stiffness. You can treat stiffness by stretching slightly, but there’s no cure if you overstretch your muscles, and laxity normally causes different degrees of pain.
Stretching relaxes the body, yet that shouldn’t be a reason to continually stretch your body as you might bring problems to yourself. When you overdo stretches, your tendons are exposed to injury, and such injuries require a long time to heal. Ballet dancers who overstretch are exposed to the risk of tearing their tendons which can end their careers in worst cases. For weightlifters, it has been confirmed that stretching too much can reduce your productivity when you’re exercising. Some athletes say that stretching is a good exercise to do before you start running, although this is true, overstretching can increase the risk of getting injured during the race.
When your muscles are overstretched, they’ll become weak, making it easier for them to tear, and this is indeed an injury that is difficult to treat. You have to develop a balance in your stretching activities to ensure that you’re only taking the gains that stretching has to give to your body.