Stiffness: What You Need To Know
Stiffness is a common concern for athletic performance, injury prevention, and a concern as we age. Lets do a deep dive in what you need to know about stiffness, how to combat it, and how it helps you in performance.
What exactly is stiffness?
Stiffness is how much collagen you have and the direction in which it is facing. This creates crosslinks which generates stiffness. When you exercise you increase lysyl oxidase which accumulates more crosslinks.
More Crosslinks = More Stiffness
Less Crosslinks = Less Stiffness
How do we build or break crosslinks?
The speed in which you train has the greatest impact on crosslinks. Fast exercise adds crosslinks (stiffness) Slow exercise breaks crosslinks.
Fast Movements = More Crosslinks = More Stiffness
Slow Movements = Less Crosslinks = Less Stiffness
Stiffness is a necessity
Stiffness is needed in activities like jumping, sprinting, and pretty much any...