Is there any chance we get something going to explain all of the various terms you guys use on this site? I feel like I’d be able to learn so much more if I knew what everyone was talking about all the time. :
Here are some terms I’ve seen so far, but I still don’t really know what they mean, I know there are many more though:
Flying starts: an interval rep that begins with a running start. Typically used in Max. Velocity Work.
Falling starts: an interval that begins with the athlete standing with feet in block position, and leans over until they get the sensation of falling. So, once the athlete feels like they cannot hold their balance anymore, they sprint. Works on Shin angles, etc.
PNF stretching is where you statically stretch, after a period of time (~20 seconds), you contract that muscle (while stretched), and this enables you to stretch further.
I don’t think that this type is any better or worst in improving range of movement.
(Someone tell me if I’m wrong…)
As a side note, PNF is much more than that. If used properly, it is a complete movement system. The classic example often seen during pre-game events by overzealous coaches and athletic trainers is where an athlete lay on their back while the trainer holds the leg on a shoulder. Together they perform the contract/relax method. This is far from correct. These coaches/trainers and anyone else interested in a better understanding of PNF should read the classic text by Knott and Voss. This would be a start in clearing up much of the misinformation on this system of movement.