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Res Sports Med. 2015;23(1):37-50. doi: 10.1080/15438627.2014.975812.

Acute effects of antagonist static stretching in the inter-set rest period on repetition performance and muscle activation.

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a Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , School of Physical Education and Sports , Rio de Janeiro , Brazil.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of antagonist passive static stretching (AS) during the inter-set rest period on repetition performance and muscle activation. Ten trained men (22.4 ± 0.9 years) participated in this study. Two protocols were adopted: Passive recovery (PR)--three sets to repetition failure were performed for the seated row (SR) with two-minute rest interval between sets without pre-exercise stretching; AS--forty seconds of stretching was applied to pectoralis major prior to each set of SR. Significant increases in the number of repetitions were noted under AS compared with PR (p < 0.05). Significant increases on latissimus dorsi (p = 0.002) and biceps brachii (p = 0.001) muscle activity were noted inter-sets under the AS compared with the PR condition. Therefore, the AS adopted during the inter-set rest period may enhance repetition performance and activation of agonist muscles in an acute manner.

KEYWORDS:

Electromyography; muscle strength; resistance training; rest interval; static stretching

PMID:
25630245
DOI:
10.1080/15438627.2014.975812
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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