What should I avoid during directed stretching exercises?

As with most types of stretching, avoid jerky or bouncy movements. Don’t stretch too far, or for too long a period of time (longer than 30 seconds). Directed stretches should be slow and progressive, and keep the joint in its proper position. Each repetition should yield a little more flexibility.

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