The purpose of this study was to determine if NCAA Division I and III men’s basketball programs were in compliance with recommended pre- and post-activity stretching protocols. Questionnaires were sent to 500 NCAA Division I and Division III programs in the United States. Seventy-six coaches (75 males & 1 female) participated in the study. Chi-Square analysis (χ2(3,n=69) = 42.29, p≤0.001) indicated a greater combined percentage of static/pnf/ballistic stretches (10.14%, n=7) and combination of stretches (57.97%, n=40) than expected as compared to dynamic stretches (31.89%, n=22). Participants were asked during what period (pre- or post-activity) stretching should be emphasized. The results were significantly different from expected (χ2(4,n=76) = 129.28, p≤0.001), with a greater percentage of pre-activity stretches (26.31%, n=20) and both pre- and post-activity of stretches (60.52%, n=46) being reported as compared to post-activity stretches (13.15%, n=10). Some results seemed to be in conflict with current recommendations in the literature regarding pre-activity stretching practices.
Lawrence W. Judge, David Bellar, Kimberly J. Bodey, Bruce Craig, Michael Prichard, and Elizabeth Wanless
Omid Kazemi, Amir Letafatkar, and Paulo H. Marchetti
scientific literature, that even shorter-duration static stretching be minimized. There are many dynamic sports where enhanced static flexibility would be expected to affect performance. Although some studies have indicated that dynamic stretching can provide similar increasesin static flexibility as static
Frédéric Dierick, Fabien Buisseret, Loreda Filiputti, and Nathalie Roussel
, 1997 ; Shellock & Prentice, 1985 ). Static flexibility refers to the passive ROM available to a joint or a series of joints and dynamic flexibility refers to the ease and ability to perform active movement within the available ROM ( Gleim & McHugh, 1997 ; Shellock & Prentice, 1985 ). During the