Ballistic stretching is popular among athletes, but is it safe for the average person? This intense stretching method uses bouncing movements to push your body beyond its normal range of motion. Whereas static stretches are performed slowly and gradually, the ballistic method stretches muscles much farther and faster.
An active stretch requires the athlete to actively stretch their joint with the creation of a stretch produced from opposing muscle groups. Remember, this style of stretch requires the athlete to produce force to stretch a muscle, as opposed to being relaxed like in passive stretching.
PNF techniques have since gained popularity with physical therapists and other fitness professionals. It’s easy to understand why. According to research from the University of Queensland, PNF stretching may be the most effective stretching technique for increasing range of motion.