Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health and Physical Education

First Advisor

Madeline Paternostro Bayles, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert E. Alman II, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Ronald L. Trenney, M.Ed.

Fourth Advisor

Lori A. Sherlock, Ed.D.

Abstract

Little is known regarding the effects of a single stretch on range of motion (ROM) in athletes. This research compares changes in ROM in the hamstring and ankle following a single bout of either proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation with myofascial release (PNFMR) or AquaStretch(TM) (A/S). Participants were females who achieved 150 min/week of moderate/vigorous physical activity (PA) (Age = 21.16, SD= ±2.01). Participants received both PNFMR and A/S on two separate occasions. ROM measures were evaluated at baseline and six time points following the stretch. Results indicated PNFMR improved ROM in right (p=.011) and left (p=.007) hamstrings. A/S improved ROM in right (p=.046) and left (p=.002) hamstrings and right (p=.014) and left (p=.002) dorsiflexion. Only A/S improvements lasted to 24h in right dorsiflexion (p=.004) and to 24h (p=.007) and 7d (p=.007) in left dorsiflexion. Significant improvements from a single stretch may assist in the prevention of injuries.

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