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J Sport Rehabil. 2013 Feb;22(1):59-66. Epub 2012 Oct 11.

Two stretching treatments for the hamstrings: proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation versus kinesio taping.

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School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Recent studies have shown that the static stretch (SS) may adversely affect leg-muscle performance.

OBJECTIVES:

The authors examined the short-term effects of 2 stretching exercises on hamstrings muscle before and after exercise.

DESIGN:

Crossover.

SETTING:

Laboratory.

PARTICIPANTS:

9 healthy, physically active men.

INTERVENTIONS:

There were 3 protocols in a randomized order with a 7-d interval: nonstretching (CON protocol), hamstrings static stretching (SS) with proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and SS with kinesio-taping application on the hamstrings.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Outcome measures included first-felt and maximum tolerant-felt range of motion (FROM and TROM), maximal knee-flexion peak torque (PT) at 180°/s, and hamstrings muscle stiffness.

RESULTS:

Groups were not different at prestretching in terms of hamstrings flexibility, PT, and muscle stiffness. At poststretching, both stretching protocols showed significant increases in FROM and TROM (P < .05). Stiffer hamstrings muscle and decreased PT were found in both SS+PNF and CON protocols (P < .05). However, there was no significant difference in the SS+Taping protocol (P > .05).

CONCLUSION:

The stretching protocols improve hamstrings flexibility immediately, but after exercise hamstrings peak torque is diminished in the SS+PNF but not in the SS+Taping group. This means that SS+Taping can prevent negative results from exercise, which may prevent muscle injury.

PMID:
23069636
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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