The effect of stretching with cryotherapy, stretching with heat, and stretching alone on hamstring flexibility in females

Devyani Raghwani, Maximilian Wdowski

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Abstract

Background & Aims: A Pre-and Post-intervention study was conducted to examine the effects of acute cryotherapy with stretching, heat with stretching, and stretching alone on hamstring flexibility. Methods: Thirty female participants were randomly allocated into three groups; stretching with cryotherapy, stretching with heat, stretching without an intervention. The application of cryotherapy, heat, or no intervention to the hamstrings was conducted during a hamstring stretching routine. Sit and Reach test, and the 90/90 Active Knee Extension test were conducted before and after a 20-minute stretching routine to measure hamstring flexibility. Findings: Differences were observed pre-and post-test in the sit and reach, and knee 90/90 extension tasks (P<0.05) within all three groups. However, there was no difference (P>0.05) between the three intervention groups. Conclusion: Combining stretching with cryotherapy or heat application potentially provides no additional benefit to stretching alone in short-term enhancements to hamstring muscle flexibility in physically active females.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume(In-press)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Therapy
  • Sport
  • Lower-Limb
  • Muscle
  • Physical Activity

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