Effect of two passive stretching methods for triceps surae on dorsiflexion of ankle joint

Takayuki Inami, Takuya Shimizu, Hlrofumi Mlyagawa, Masayuki Inoue, Takeo Nakagawa, Fujimaru Takayanagi, Shigeo Niwa

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Abstract

Stretching for the triceps surae muscle in the knee flexed position (medical stretching: MS) and knee extended position (static stretching: SS) were performed and the effect on the dorsiflexion angle of the ankle joint was examined. Five elderly females were selected as subjects. We measured the maximal dorsiflexion angle of the ankle joint in the following leg positions: (1) the maximal dorsiflexion angle in the extended knee position (EDF angle) and (2) the maximal dorsiflexion angle in the 90° flexed-knee position (FDF angle). There was a significant increase in the maximal dorsiflexion angle after MS and SS were carried out (p<0.01), but there was no significant difference between MS and SS. It was concluded that MS for triceps surae is equally effective as SS in increasing the maximal dorsiflexion angle of the ankle joint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-554
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine
Volume59
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Range of motion
  • Stretching
  • Triceps surae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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