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Effects of static stretching following a dynamic warm-up on speed, agility and power

By Daniel Bishop and Geoff Middleton

Abstract

Static stretching prior to sport has been shown to decrease force production in comparison to the increasing popularity of dynamic warm-up methods. However some athletes continue to use a bout of static stretching following dynamic methods. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects on speed, agility and power following a period of additional static stretching following a dynamic warm-up routine. Twenty-five male University students who participated in team sports performed two warm-up protocols concentrating on the lower body one week apart through a randomised cross over design. The dynamic warm-up (DW) protocol used a series of specific progressive exercises lasting 10 minutes over a distance of 20m. The dynamic warm-up plus static stretching (DWS) protocol used the same DW protocol followed by a 5 minute period during which 7 muscle groups were stretched. Following each warm-up the subjects performed a countermovement vertical jump, 20m sprint and Illinois agility test, 1 minute apart. The results demonstrated no significant differences in speed, agility and jump performance following the two protocols DW and DWS. The study concludes that performing static stretching following a dynamic warm-up prior to performance does not significantly affect speed, agility and vertical jump performance

Topics: Performance enhancement, Warm-up, Vertical jump, 20m sprint, Illinois agility, Educación Física y Deportiva
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Área de Educación Física y Deporte
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.4100/jhse.2012.82.07
OAI identifier: oai:rua.ua.es:10045/29736
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