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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.19 - 2009
ARTICLE – abstract

Comparison of effect of three different techniques on the hamstring muscle
flexibility in Indian collegiate male

M.Waseem,  Nuhmani S., Ram C.S.
Jamia Hamdard University, Faculty of Allied Health and Science, Delhi, India


Aim of study was to compare the effect of three different techniques (Static stretching, Eccentric training and Muscle energy technique) on the hamstring muscles flexibility in Indian collegiate males.
Material and Methods: Study was done in a physiotherapy unit in Majeedia Hospital. In this study, 30 Indian collegiate male subjects with hamstring tightness were randomly allocated into three study groups. Group-A subjects were treated with Static stretching where as other group-B by Muscle energy technique and Eccentric training to Group-C subjects. The treatment was given for 5 consecutive days and a follow-up measurement on 8th day. The outcome was measured in terms of Straight Leg Raise Angle (SLR).
Results: A significant difference in range of motion (ROM) between group (p<0.05). It was found that highly significant difference in pre-post treatment ROM in all three groups in 5 days (p<.05) and significant decrease in ROM in the follow-up measurement (p<.05).
Conclusion: The result shows that Static Stretching (SST), Eccentric training (ECC) and Muscle Energy Techniques are in significant improvement. Also out of three techniques static stretching resulted in maximum improvement followed by Muscle energy technique and least improvement was shown by Eccentric training.

Key words:

static stretching, muscle energy technique, eccentric training, hamstring muscle

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