Why Stretching is important for children with CP and RaceRunner athletes?

They are stretching aims to make a muscle longer. Stretching is an elongation of the connective tissue, muscles, and other joint tissues. Preventive measures that prolonged stretching of muscles and functional exercise reduces the risk of deformities in children with cerebral palsy when the muscles in passive tension slacken muscle fibers and muscle fibers provide more movement space. There are no studies that have shown that passive stretching can increase joint mobility.

However, there is evidence to support that passive stretching increases the children’s overall agility with CP. Pin et al. meant that manual stretching couldn’t be performed long enough to change the muscle’s length and reduce the development of contractures. Manual stretching involves passive stretching that occurs without the patient’s muscular involvement, i.e., using a finisher and finisher body weight force.

Studies have shown that 30-minute daily stretching of a spastic muscle retained its length, but it took 6 hours stretching to increase muscle length.

Many children with CP treated with periods of extension felt agile and had a more remarkable ability to perform an activity afterward. Evidence for the stretching method that is most effective is not yet coated—measures with stretching based on the recommendations of the Daily movement in joints and muscles in healthy individuals.
Regular functional training is essential for motor development. However, there are no studies on how often children should practice a skill to learn a function. Due to several factors such as the degree of disability, the task to be known, the environment in which the role is to be practiced, the child’s learning ability, and the method used.

One study showed that children with cerebral palsy benefited from functionally targeted training in their gross motor development and its independence in daily activities.


The insufficient movement has several consequences, including the carrying out of technical and coordination demanding daily life activities that are hampered by low mobility. Balance problems can easily be interpreted as coordination conditional, but it may be due to reduced mobility rash in one or more directions. Reduced mobility of a muscle group or in a joint can lead to increased stress on the adjacent muscle and joint structures, which can reduce the function or increase the risk of injury. Therefore, stretching can be a necessary form of treatment. Impaired joint mobility is often seen in children with CP, providing secondary contractures and balance problems.

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