THE EFFECTS OF STATIC STRETCHING ON MEASURES OF GROSS MOTOR COORDINATION DURING VIGOROUS CYCLING

  • Stephanie A. Gaiko
  • Paige K. Volpenhein
  • Scott W. Arnett
  • Donald L. Hoover
Keywords: motor control, central pattern generator, critical power

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of static stretching on gross motor coordination patterns (GMCP) exhibited during vigorous cycling. The performance of 29 females between the ages of eighteen and thirty were analyzed during the Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT). The participants completed the test under two conditions, following static stretching and no stretching. Results showed statistically significant differences (p = 0.05) between conditions for dependent variables assessed throughout this common 30 second test of maximal cycling. These findings suggest that static stretching subtly influenced GMCP exhibited during the WAnT.
Published
2014-10-05
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities