Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal
Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal
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The acute influence of stretching in muscle resistance strength: transversal intervention study.

Jefferson Petto, Tarcísio de Almeida Cruz, Diego Silva Patrício, Marvyn de Santana do Sacramento, André Ricardo da Luz Almeida, Luís Alberto Bastos de Almeida, Alan Carlos Nery dos Santos, Diego Passos Diogo

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Background: Muscle stretching is often applied as a preparation for resistance training, however, the literature has diverged as to its response on muscular endurance strength. Objective: to show whether the intensity and time of muscle stretching modifies the resistance strength. Methods: The study included 30 healthy young males aged 22 ± 2.5 years, who had been practicing neuromuscular exercise for at least six months. Participants took a maximum load prediction test (MLPT) on the bench press and after one week returned to the draw and execution of the: Stretch Protocol (SP) - 60 seconds at maximum amplitude without assistance; Flexing Protocol (FP) - 60 seconds of stretching with external assistance; and Base Protocol (BP) - immediate exercise. All participants went through all protocols always performed on Mondays, performing the maximum repetitions with 70% of the load obtained in the MLPT. To compare the results of the different days of collection was used the ANOVA with TUKEY post-hoc. All analyzes adopted a value of p≤0.05 as significant. Results: BP showed significantly higher results than in SP and FP. There was no statistical difference between SP and FP. Conclusion: 60 seconds of passive muscle stretching causes a decrease in muscle resistance strength, regardless of its intensity.


Flexibility; Stretch; Resistance Training; Physical Exercise; Neuromuscular Exercise


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