An acute bout of static stretching: effects on force and jumping performance

Power, Kevin Edward (2003) An acute bout of static stretching: effects on force and jumping performance. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Static stretching (SS) is used pervasively throughout the exercise science and sporting communities as a fundamental element of the pre-exercise warm-up procedure. While SS has been proven effective to increase range of motion (ROM), its proposed benefits are questionable and relatively unsubstantiated. Moreover, in recent years researchers have demonstrated that pre-exercise SS may in fact be detrimental to subsequent performance due to impaired force and power output. Yet the practical application of these relatively recent findings is limited due to the prolonged SS protocols utilized. In addition, timelines associated with enhanced ROM and performance decrements have not been established. Thus, the objectives of this study were to determine if a typical SS routine decreased force, activation, and power while improving ROM. Secondly, the study attempted to compare the duration of the performance decrement to the duration of the augmented ROM.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 11280
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of
Date: 2003
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Joints--Range of motion; Stretching exercises.

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