Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Static stretching has been linked to lesser performance in many sport activities. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of static stretching upon gross motor coordination patterns (GMCP) and power and fatigue markers exhibited during vigorous cycling. The performance of 28 females between the ages of eighteen and thirty were analyzed during the Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT). Using a counterbalanced design, participants completed the test under two conditions, following static stretching and no stretching. While results showed statistically significant differences (p ≤ 0.05) between conditions for the assessed dependent variables, no statistically significant differences were found between conditions for measures of peak power (PP), low power (LP), or fatigue index (FI). These findings suggest that while static stretching has no statistically significant effect on measures of power and fatigue, it does subtly influence GMCP exhibited during the WAnT.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Don Hoover

Disciplines

Physical Therapy

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