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J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Oct;23(7):2144-8. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b3e198.

A comparison of two stretching modalities on lower-limb range of motion measurements in recreational dancers.

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School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. m.wyon@wlv.ac.uk

Abstract

Most stretching techniques are designed to place a "stress" on the musculoskeletal unit that will increase its resting length and range of motion (ROM). Twenty-four adolescent dancers participated in a 6-week intervention program that compared low-intensity stretching (Microstretching) with moderate-intensity static stretching on active and passive ranges of motion. Microstretching is a new modality that reduces the possibility of the parasympathetic system being activated. Repeated measures analysis indicated changes in ROM over the intervention period (p < 0.05), with the Microstretching group demonstrating greater increases in passive and active ROM than the static stretch group (p < 0.01); there was no noted bilateral differences in ROM. The results from this study agree with past studies that have found that stretching increases the compliance of any given muscle and therefore increases the range of motion. One main finding of the present study was that throughout a 6-week training program very-low-intensity stretching had a greater positive effect on lower-limb ROM than moderate-intensity static stretching. The most interesting aspect of the study was the greater increase in active ROM compared to passive ROM by the Microstretching group. This suggests that adaptation has occurred within the muscle itself to a greater extent than in structures of the hip joint. Practical application for this technique suggests it is beneficial as a postexercise modality that potentially has a restorative component.

PMID:
19855344
DOI:
10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b3e198
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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