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1

What are the 5 most important areas of flexibility for a dancer?

1. Lumbar back extension
2. turn out
3. knee extension
4. point position
5. the ability to bend the big toe backward

2

What is an antagonist (in stretching)?

The muscle that pulls against the stretched muscle.

3

Improved flexibility comes from stretching the...

Connective tissue.

4

What is the stretch reflex?

When the muscle spindle is stimulated by a sudden stretch causing the muscle to contract. Little flexibility is gained.

5

What is the agonist (in stretching)?

The muscle being stretched.

6

What is an elastic stretch?

Temporary increase in muscle length.

7

What is a plastic stretch?

More permanent increase in muscle length that remains after tension is removed.

8

What is static stretching?

Slowly moving a joint to the end of its range position and holding for 30-60 seconds.

9

What is ballistic stretching?

Quickly moving a joint to the end of its range position using bouncing movements.

10

When in a dance class does stretching have the most benefit?

At the end of class (because the body is very warm).