Video:Quick Tip: How to Use Active Stretching for Calveswith JJ Flizanes
Active stretching for calves prevents tightness and soreness in your muscles. Watch this Quick Tip video from About.com for more on active stretching for calves.See Transcript
Transcript:Quick Tip: How to Use Active Stretching for Calves
Hi I'm author, speaker and trainer JJ Flizanes of JJFlizanes.com. I'm speaking with you today on behalf of About.com about active stretching for your calves.
Use Plantarflexion as Active Stretching for Calves
So your calf muscles cause plantarflexion, which is basically a heel raise. The opposite action of plantarflexion, which contracts the calves, is called dorsiflexion. That's caused by your tibialis anterior. That gets contracted when you use it to pull up your toes, basically a toe raise.
Tips for Active Stretching for Calves
So put your attention on contracting your tibialis anterior, lifting up your toes, and holding that position. Contracting that tibialis anterior will allow your calves to relax and stretch.
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