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Nice resource on stretching. even the benefits of stretching is pretty comprehensive: * enhanced physical fitness * enhanced ability to learn and perform skilled movements * increased mental and physical relaxation * enhanced development of body awareness * reduced risk of injury to joints, muscles, and tendons * reduced muscular soreness * reduced muscular tension * increased suppleness due to stimulation of the production of chemicals which lubricate connective tissues (see section Connective Tissue) * reduced severity of painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea) in females


This site really struck a chord:"When have we needed that skill more than now? We can work 24 hours' a day on the internet without ever getting dressed and leaving our homes, and have fast food, instant banking, distance learning, online trading, cell phones, pagers, and PDAs. This "progress" has resulted in such a tragic disconnect from Mother Nature and her lessons that we are suffering physical, mental and spiritual disharmony and disease in epidemic numbers, despite having the best food and medicine available in history! Why? We have a basic lack of awareness and misunderstanding of the Rules of Life. "


The types and rates of injuries from 5 styles of martial arts are analyzed, including injuries from Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate, Aikido, TaiChi, and Kung Fu. MFrom the article: "There was a threefold increased risk of injury and multiple injury in tae kwon do than karate" But their conclusions are reassuring: "There is a higher rate of injury in tae kwon do than Shotokan karate. Different martial arts have significantly different types and distribution of injuries. Martial arts appear to be safe for young athletes, particularly those at beginner or intermediate levels."

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