Kinematics and Esthetics of Grand Battement After Static and Dynamic Hamstrings Stretching in Adolescents

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  • 1 Centre National de Rééducation Fonctionnelle et de Réadaptation—Rehazenter
  • 2 Haute Ecole Louvain en Hainaut
  • 3 Université catholique de Louvain
  • 4 Université de Mons
  • 5 University of Antwerp
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The objective of this study was to explore the effects of static and dynamic hamstring muscles stretching on kinematics and esthetics of grand battement (high velocity kicks) in adolescent recreational dancers. Sixteen participants were assessed before and immediately after both stretching modalities. Kinematics of movement was measured by an optoelectronic system and esthetics was scored by a jury of professional dancers. Both stretching modalities led to significant kinematic differences compared with without stretching. Significant linear correlations between kinematic parameters and esthetic scores have been observed: improving dancers’ physical performances has noticeable impact on the perception of their movements.

Dierick is with the Laboratoire d’Analyse du Mouvement et de la Posture (LAMP), Centre National de Rééducation Fonctionnelle et de Réadaptation—Rehazenter, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; and the Faculté des Sciences de la Motricité, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Dierick and Buisseret are with the CeREF, Haute Ecole Louvain en Hainaut, Mons, Belgium. Buisseret and Filiputti are with the Laboratoire Forme et Fonctionnement Humain, Haute Ecole Louvain en Hainaut, Montignies-sur-Sambre, Belgium. Buisseret is also with the Service de Physique Nucléaire et Subnucléaire, UMONS Research Institute for Complex Systems, Université de Mons, Mons, Belgium. Roussel is with the Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.

Buisseret (buisseretf@helha.be) is corresponding author.
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