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Acute muscle stretching and shoulder position sense
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7543-4397
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
2006 (English)In: Journal of athletic training, ISSN 1062-6050, E-ISSN 1938-162X, Vol. 41, no 3, p. 270-274Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context: Stretching is common within sports as a potential maneuver for injury prevention. Stretching induced changes in muscle spindIe properties is a suggested mechanism. This may imply a reduction in proprioception following stretching, however, little is known of this association. Our finding showing no effect of acute stretching on shoulder position sense provides insight into this issue.

Objectives: To evaluate if acute stretching of the shoulder muscles affects position sense.

Design: A crossover design with subjects randomized to 3 groups, as regarded by the I sequence of 3 interventions.

Setting: A university human research laboratory.

Patients or Other participants: Nine female (age, 21 +2) and 9 male (24 + 3) healthy volunteers.

lntervention(s): The interventions consisted of stretching of shoulder 1) agonists, 2) antagonists, and 3) non-stretching control.

Main Outcome Measure(s): Position sense acuity of the right shoulder was determined before and arter the interventions by subjects at tempting to reproduce arm positions of 15° and 30° (shoulder adduction) while starting at 45° to the sagittal plane. The outcome variables were the response variability (variable error, VE) and overall accuracy (absolute error, AE).

Results: A multivariate repeated measures analysis ofvariance revealed that the relative change in VE (i.e., VE after/VE before) was not significantly different between the interventions (p = 0.38). Similarly no change in AE was found (p = 0.76). Furthermore, there were no differences regarding test sequence or in the interaction 'intervention x sequence' for either VE (p = 0.73 and 0.53, respectively) or for AE (p = 0.71 and 0.67, respectively)

Conclusions: The present study showed no effect on shoulder position sense after an acute bout of stretching either agonist or antagonist shoulder muscles.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 41, no 3, p. 270-274
Keywords [en]
contract-relax stretch, performance, proprioception, human, sports
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2805ISI: 000240396300009PubMedID: 17043694Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34250021596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2805DiVA, id: diva2:119467
Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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