Extreme flexibility can be defined as requiring a full frontal split between the two legs with the crotch resting comfortably on the ground. Hyper or extreme flexibility is the rule in many of the above mentioned sports. Synchronized swimmers are said to require 10 degrees of hyper extension at the knee and may be penalized by the judges if they can't reach these hyper flexible positions.
Sport activities outside the realm of the Olympics such as Sumo wrestling and dance have extensive flexibility requirements. Fitness activities such as Yoga and Pilates also emphasize the flexibility of soft tissue in order to achieve balance and symmetry within the body.
Their extreme flexibility isn’t necessarily a sign of anything dangerous. But being very, very flexible can put people at risk for injuries if their bodies don’t have enough strength to stabilize their muscles as they stretch and bend.
Activities like yoga, which only use a person’s body weight, can run the risk of improving flexibility without ensuring that they get stronger at the same time.
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