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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-103

Acute effect of different stretching techniques on kinematic and physical performance variables in female volleyball players of Punjab, India


1 Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India
2 Amity Institute of Physiotherapy (AIPT), Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Shweta Shenoy
Faculty of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-6308.243351

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Purpose: The current study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of different stretching techniques (static and dynamic) on kinematic and physical performance variables in female volleyball players of Punjab. Materials and Methods: Thirty-six state-level female volleyball players were divided using random lottery method into three groups: static stretching (n = 12), dynamic stretching (n = 12), and control group (n = 12). Static stretching and dynamic stretching groups performed different stretching techniques, and control group performed no exercises. Testing of kinematic and physical performance variables was done before and after stretching and control sessions. Duration of stretching and control session was 7 min each for all three groups. Result: Average relative power and balance were significantly improved with both stretching techniques. On comparing the three groups post hoc analysis, average relative power, static balance, and sprint time found to be significantly improved (P < 0.05) in dynamic stretching group, whereas static stretching group showed increase in sprint time (P < 0.05). Further, in post hoc analysis, no other measured kinematic and physical performance variables showed significant difference in the three groups. Conclusion: Dynamic stretching may be preferable to static stretching as part of a warm-up designed to prepare for physical activity.


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