synonym: Extension

Stretching (extension)

Extension is the countermovement to flexion. The extremity is in the starting position in a bent position. During the contraction there is a stretch in the respective joint.

In the figure on the right, you can see a stretch in the elbow joint.


  • Triceps extension (elbow joint)
  • Bench press (elbow joint)
  • Leg press (knee joint, hip joint)
  • Leg extensor (knee joint)