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The knowledge of movement experts about stretching effects : Does the science reach practice?

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Warneke, Konstantin ; Konrad, Andreas ; Wilke, Jan:
The knowledge of movement experts about stretching effects : Does the science reach practice?
In: PLoS One. Vol. 19 (2024) Issue 1 . - e0295571.
ISSN 1932-6203

Abstract in another language

Stretching is performed with numerous purposes in multiple settings such as prevention, rehabilitation, fitness training and sports. Its patterns of use substantially depend on the education and beliefs of health care and exercise professionals as they represent the multiplicators recommending and prescribing interventions to clients, patients and athletes. This study investigated movement experts' knowledge about the scientific evidence on stretching effects.

Survey study.

A total of 117 exercise and health professionals (physiotherapists, sports scientists, coaches) attending a training convention in Austria (male: n = 44, female: n = 73, 36±11 years) completed a digital survey. With its 22 items, the questionnaire addressed the movement experts' awareness of the evidence on stretching effects regarding a variety of related topics selected based on the findings of topical systematic reviews.

The majority of the individuals (57-88%) assumed positive effects of stretching on recovery, prevention of muscle injury, range of motion, muscular imbalance and artery elasticity. No or adverse effects were mostly claimed on bone injury prevention, maximal/explosive strength, and delayed-onset muscle soreness. In only 10 of 22 items, participants' classifications were in accord with the scientific evidence.

The awareness of research findings on stretching effects among exercise and health professionals is alarmingly low. Future studies may hence be geared to improve implementation and science communication.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > Chair Sport Science I - Neuromotorik und Bewegung > Chair Sport Science I - Neuromotorik und Bewegung - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Wilke
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2024 06:42
Last Modified: 02 May 2024 06:40