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Comparison of Stretching with Ice, Stretching with Heat, or Stretching Alone on Hamstring Flexibility
Journal of Athletic Training (1996)
  • Gary Brodowicz, Portland State University
  • Robert Welsh
  • James Wallis, Portland State University
Objective: To investigate the efficacy of stretching with ice for increasing hamstring flexibility. Design and Setting: Supine hamstring flexibility was measured before and after subjects accomplished a 20-minute hamstring stretching routine. Two groups of eight subjects accomplished the routine using one of two modalities. A control group (n = 8) accomplished the routine without a modality. The measurements were compared. Subjects: Twenty-four male collegiate baseball players. Measurements: Heat or ice applied to the hamstring. Results: We found differences in the responses among subject groups. Supine hamstring flexibility after stretching with ice was greater than both stretching with heat and stretching alone. Scores after stretching with heat and stretching alone were not different. Conclusions: The results of our investigation suggest that the application of ice may provide enhanced short-term improvements in hamstring flexibility over heat or stretching alone. Further research is necessary to investigate the possible mechanisms for these improvements and to determine whether similar results can be obtained with other muscle groups.
Publication Date
December, 1996
Citation Information
Gary Brodowicz, Robert Welsh and James Wallis. "Comparison of Stretching with Ice, Stretching with Heat, or Stretching Alone on Hamstring Flexibility" Journal of Athletic Training Vol. 31 Iss. 4 (1996)
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