Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

ISSN: 2300-9705     eISSN: 2353-2807
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Lista wydań / Vol. 6, No. 2/2014
Influence of Sex on the Acute Effect of Stretching on V Sit-and-Reach Scores in University Students

Rok wydania:2014
Liczba stron:7 (13-19)
Słowa kluczowe: Gender differences extensibility flexibility physical fitness trainability
Autorzy: Daniel Mayorga-Vega
Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Granada, Spain

Rafael Merino-Marban
Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de Málaga (UMA), Campus de Teatinos, Málaga, Spain

Daiana P. Romano
Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de Málaga (UMA), Campus de Teatinos, Málaga, Spain


The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of sex on the acute effect of static-passive one-session stretching on V sit-and-reach scores in university students. A sample of 76 college students aged 19-30 years were divided into a women group (n = 36) and men group (n = 40). During one session the students performed stretching exercises for the major body muscles using the static-passive technique. Hamstring and lower back muscles extensibility was estimated by the V-sit-and-reach test at the beginning and at the end of the stretching session. The results of the two-way ANOVA with the Bonferroni adjustment showed that females and males did not show a different response to the one-session stretching intervention (p > 0.05). However, both the women and men increased statistically their scores after performing the stretching session (p < 0.001). In conclusion, no differences have been found in the trainability of flexibility by sex. However, there are differences of flexibility by the sex of students, being the females, who obtained the highest marks in the V-sit-and-reach. All this knowledge could help coaches to design more effectives stretching programs.
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