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Acute Effects Of Stretching On Performance
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports medicine.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In many cases stretching is used as a part of warm-up procedures. There are different opinions when it comes to stretching, whether it’s a good or bad method to use in warm-up routines. Some believe that stretching impairs performance, while others believe that it will improve performance. Others also believe that stretching can prevent injuries. This litterature rewiev will compare earlier studies about stretching. The purpose of this rewiev was to investigate acute effects of stretching on performance. This study will also describe the physiological effects of stretching in the skeletalmuscles. Studies explain that when the musclefibers and muscletendon has been stretched, the motorunit recruitment will decrease. Researchers also explain that the ability to use stretch shortening cycle (SSC) can impair performance. Furthermore, we intend to investigate the three large stretchingmethods (static stretching, PNF stretching and dynamic stretching), how the different stretching methods affect on power performance and endurance performance. Current studies that examine acute effects of stretching on power performance overall agree that static stretching and PNF stretching will decrease the performance. Compaired to dynamic stretching that in some cases can increase performance. In endurance sports the effects of stretching are not as clear as the results in power sports. When it comes to endurance sports there are disagreement of how stretching affect performance. There are a lot fewer studies made on endurance sports compaired to power-based sports. The most studies in endurance sports examine the effects of static stretching, but the result is still unclear whether it’s the stretching or other factors that affect muscle fatigue.

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Sport and Fitness Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92760OAI: diva2:742871
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Sports Science Programme, Sports Medicine and Coaching
Available from: 2014-09-03 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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