style: Anatomy, Vinyasa

duration: 20 min

Anatomy – How to Work with Hyperextension

Hyperextension is an excessive joint movement in which the angle formed by the bones of a particular joint is opened, or straightened, beyond its normal, healthy, range of motion. Hyperextension injury is a condition that causes damage to the bones, ligaments, and other structures of the body. This damage is caused by bending out of normal motion range. Injury can occur when extension of a limb is too violent and can jarr the joint or stretch the ligament. Hyperextension can be avoided then by using correct technique.

According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine female athletes have increased joint instability, putting them at a greater risk of knee injury than men. Hyperextension is also more common in women because of the structure of the pelvis and center of gravity.

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