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Decrease Blood Flow and decreased levels of oxygen in the blood? I question how these observations and findings were reach because it seems to me that post-exercise stretching would have an exponential negative affect on both blood flow and oxygen levels
more» for a 'good reason.' In other words, that stretching has helped circulate more blood and delivered more oxygen to fatigued cells to the point that the need or 'cellular demand' for more blood and oxygen would decrease exponentially over time. So, exactly how long was stretching and the its affect on blood flow/oxygen levels monitored and what was the descending rate in these variables? I would be interested to know as I see post-exercise stretching as a great opportunity to teach athletes to visualize and evaluate their exercise performances. If stretching is not beneficial, then it would point towards using other Active Recovery methods to help provide time for an athlete to contemplate their performance while developing effective habits for recovery.«less