PNF stretching has been proven to improve active and passive range of motion. It can be used to supplement daily, static stretching and has been shown to help athletes improve performance and make speedy gains in range of motion. Not only does it increase flexibility, but it can also improve muscular strength.
Also asked, what is PNF training?
Flexibility is key for athletes and nonathletes alike. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching relies on reflexes to produce deeper stretches that increase flexibility.
How does PNF actually work?
The mechanism of PNF referred to above, is the way in which TM and its antagonist muscles work together. When one contracts, the other relaxes and is thus inhibited in order to prevent the muscles from working against one another (Neuroscience Online, 2011).
What happens in a PNF stretch?
Updated May 24, 2017. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted. PNF stretching was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation, and to that effect it is very effective.