Comparison of active stretching technique in males with normal and limited hamstring flexibility

Ayala, Francisco, Sainz de Baranda, Pilar, De Ste Croix, Mark B ORCID: 0000-0001-9911-4355 and Santonja, Fernando (2013) Comparison of active stretching technique in males with normal and limited hamstring flexibility. Physical Therapy in Sport, 14 (2). pp. 98-104. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2012.03.013

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Objective (1) to analyse the accumulative effects of a 12-week active stretching program on hip flexion passive range of motion (HF-PROM), and (2) to compare whether participants with different PROM baseline scores (normal and limited hamstring flexibility) respond in the same way to stretching. Design Repeated measures design. Setting Controlled laboratory environment. Participants 138 males were categorized according to hamstring flexibility in the unilateral passive straight-leg raise test (PSLR) and assigned to one of two groups: normal hamstring flexibility (≥80°) or limited hamstring flexibility (<80°). In each group, participants were randomly distributed into one of two treatment subgroups: (a) control or (b) active stretching. The active stretching subgroups performed 12 weeks of flexibility training, the control subgroups did not stretch. Main Outcome Measures HF-PROM was determined through the PSLR test. Results Both stretching subgroups significantly improved (p < 0.01) their HF-PROM from baseline. The control subgroups did not. Conclusions 12 weeks of an active stretching program performed 3 days per week with a daily stretch dose of 180 s improved HF-PROM in both populations (normal and limited hamstring flexibility). The stretching program was equally effective in terms of absolute improvement values for males with normal and limited hamstring flexibility.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stretching; ROM; Flexibility; Hamstring muscles; Tightness
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 15:57
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:10

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