The effect of stretching during warming-up on the flexibility of junior handball players

  • Zakas A
  • Vergou A
  • Grammatikopoulou M
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Abstract

AIM: The purpose of the investigation was to examine in field conditions the acute effects of warming-up on lower extremity joints and trunk flexibility in junior team handball players. METHODS: Forty-seven junior team handball players participated in this study forming an experiment (n=32) and a control group (n=15). The first group performed warming-up and stretching exercises (20 min) whereas the second group only performed warming-up exercises. Passive range of joint motion was determined in hip flexion, hip extension, hip abduction, knee flexion, ankle dorsiflexion and the trunk flexion using a goniometer and a flexometer. RESULTS: The warming-up session induced a significantly increased range in all lower extremity joints and trunk flexion (p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Exercise
  • Flexibility
  • Handball players
  • Motion
  • Muscle
  • Physiology
  • Skeletal
  • Sports

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