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Online ISSN 1827-1928
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS
Zakas A., Vergou A., Grammatikopoulou M. G., Zakas N., Sentelidis T., Vamvakoudis S.
Department of Physical Education and Sports Science Division of Sports, Laboratory of Coaching, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
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<0.01 to p<0.001) of both groups.
Conclusion. Flexibility improves as a result of muscle elongation during warming-up or even through an incorporated pathetic stretching program.