Rafael Aleixo Favarini, Beatriz Magalhães Pereira, Juliana Herr de Moraes, Adriana Diniz Monteiro, Alexandre Martins de Souza, Hans-Joachim Menzel, Mauro Heleno Chagas
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The purpose of this study was to investigate if the range of motion (ROM) of knee extension during a Taekwondo kick could be influenced by a single section of passive static stretching. Black belt Taekwondo recreational athletes (n=12) with no recent injury of the lower limbs were submitted to passive static stretching. The knee extension ROM during the kick and the passive static ROM of the hamstring muscle were analysed before and after the stretching. The stretching caused an increase in joint ROM, but did not result in differences of the knee extension ROM during the Taekwondo kick.
KEY-WORDS: Knee extension angle, passive static stretching, range of motion,