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European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 105, Issue 2, pp 175–183 | Cite as

Effects of secondary warm up following stretching

  • Alan J. PearceEmail author
  • Dawson J. Kidgell
  • James Zois
  • John S. Carlson
Original Article

Abstract

Evidence suggests that static stretching inhibits muscular power. However, research does not reflect practice whereby individuals follow up stretching with secondary activity. This study investigated muscular power following stretching, and after a second bout of activity. Participants (n = 13) completed 3 randomized testing sessions which included a 5 min warm-up, followed by a vertical jump (VJ) on a force platform; an intervention (static stretching, dynamic, or control), followed by a second VJ. Participants then completed a series of movements, followed by a VJ, up to 60 min post activity. Immediately following the intervention, there was a 10.7% difference in VJ between static and dynamic stretching. The second warm up bout increased VJ height following the dynamic intervention, whereas the static stretching condition did not show any differences. The novel finding from this study demonstrates a second exercise bout does not reverse the effects of static stretching and is still detrimental to VJ.

Keywords

Warm-up Static stretching Dynamic stretching Vertical jump 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Mr. Ian Fairweather for his expert technical assistance in designing and building the force platform and software used in this study. No financial assistance was provided for the completion of this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Pearce
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dawson J. Kidgell
    • 2
  • James Zois
    • 3
  • John S. Carlson
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise and Sport (CARES)Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Exercise and Nutrition SciencesDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.School of Sport and Exercise ScienceVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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