26 Sep '12, 8pm

Study: Active Stretching Ups Hamstring Flexibility

By Scott Douglas A regular routine of active stretching increases hamstring flexibility, regardless of one's flexibility before starting the routine, according to a study published in the journal Physical Therapy In Sport . Researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain tested the hamstring flexibility of 138 men via a straight leg raise--the men stood on one leg and raised the other leg as high as they could while keeping it straight. The men who could raise their leg to at least an 80-degree angle were said to have normal hamstring flexibility. Those who could not attain an 80-degree angle were said to have limited hamstring flexibility. (Yes, at this point you should stop reading and see how you do on the test.) Both groups were then split into two smaller groups--those who did active stretching three times a week for 12 weeks, and those who did no flexibility work. T...

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