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Title: Comparison of the Effects of Superficial and Deep Heat Agents on Hamstring Muscle Flexibility in Healthy Individuals
Authors: Oymak Soysal, Ayşe Nur
Şimşek, Şule
Kaş Özdemir, Atiye
Korkmaz, Merve Bergin
Baş Aslan, Ümmuhan
Keywords: Flexibility
muscle stretching exercise
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
Publisher: Erciyes Univ Sch Medicine
Abstract: Objective: Stretching and warm-up exercises are commonly used to increase hamstring flexibility in sports rehabilitation. The aim of the study was to compare immediate and short-term effects of hot packs, infrared, and ultrasound on hamstring flexibility when applied before stretching exercises in healthy individuals. Materials and Methods: A total of 60 participants were randomly divided into four groups. All participants performed hamstring stretching exercise three times a week for six weeks. Each stretching session consisted of three repetitions of 15 seconds duration. Before the stretching exercises, hot packs were applied to Group I, infrared to Group II, and ultrasound to Group III. Group IV (control group) performed self-stretching exercises alone. Hamstring flexibility was assessed with the Active Knee Extension (AKE) test in all sessions before and after the interventions. Results: AKE significantly increased after all sessions (p<0.05) and in the short term (p<0.05) in all groups. The short-term effect did not differ between the groups (p>0.05). Among the different agents, infrared has the highest effect size. Conclusion: The results of the study showed that both superficial and deep heat agents had an increasing effect on hamstring flexibility. However, the application of superficial or deep heat agents before stretching exercises did not provide an additional increase in hamstring flexibility.
ISSN: 2980-2156
Appears in Collections:Fizyoterapi ve Rehabilitasyon Fakültesi
WoS İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / WoS Indexed Publications Collection

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