Cracking Joints While Stretching Good or Bad?

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  1. andre09

    andre09 New User

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    Hi,

    I've been doing the exercise in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuvFgyHILyY.

    Basically, it works on your core by raising your shoulders while in a plank position.

    The thing is, when I lift my right shoulder (I'm right handed) there is a pretty loud crack. The volume of the popping slowly diminishes as I continue, but whenever I start, the crack is pretty damn audible.

    I've read that the noise is generated from bubbles bursting at my joints. So would that mean this is a good thing, and is similar to releasing stress? Should aim to crack all the joints involved with tennis?
     
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  2. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

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    Never shown to be either a good or bad thing.
     
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  3. jaggy

    jaggy G.O.A.T.

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    My knees crack when I stretch but they are also pretty shot so I guess that doesnt help!
     
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  4. RogueFLIP

    RogueFLIP Semi-Pro

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    No pain = no problem

    Oh, and since you use your whole body to play tennis, don't make it a goal to try to crack >300 joints you have. :)
     
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  5. boramiNYC

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    I crack or pop near my knee and ankle a lot when I stretch them esp rotational motion. I read they are not harmful and I like to think they are good since I hear them only when stretched. I think the sound is associated with soft tissues like fascia and ligaments. it's not very well understood by scientists however, maybe due to there are many different kinds of popping sounds.
     
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  6. wings56

    wings56 Professional

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    typically, a mobile joint is a healthy joint and one that pops means its mobile. there are times though, where a pop is associated with a tear of some kind or something else, so its really on a case by case basis. if it doesnt hurt, then i'd think you were okay.
     
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  7. th3tenn1sg0d

    th3tenn1sg0d New User

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    I've been doing the same exercise as you but when I do it, my shoulder cracks and it actually hurts just a little. Is this bad and should I stop doing that?
     
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