Date of Award
Physical Therapy (M.S.)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a thirty second static stretch on hamstring muscle length in a sample of healthy people over age sixty-five. Twelve individuals between the ages of 65 and 89 were randomly assigned to two groups: a treatment group which performed one repetition of a thirty second static stretch of the hamstrings, one time per day for four weeks, and a control group which did not perform a hamstring stretch. ANCOVA results were calculated as p =.046, implying a significant treatment effect. Overall power was calculated as.541. The results suggest that in the healthy elderly, thirty seconds is an adequate duration to apply a static stretch and achieve therapeutic effects.
Bloomquist, Erin, "Effect of Thirty Second Static Stretch on Hamstring Muscle Flexibility in Subjects Over Age 65" (1996). Masters Theses. 269.