STRETCHING DOES NOT INFLUENCE VERTICAL JUMP HEIGHT IF A WARM-UP IS PERFORMED
Dalrymple, K., Davis, S., Dwyer, G., & Moir, G. (2007). Effect of static and dynamic stretching on vertical jump performance in collegiate women volleyball players. ACSM Annual Meeting New Orleans, Presentation Number, 1441.
This study determined the effect of stretching on peak jump height during vertical jump performance. Three conditions were experienced, 1) no stretching, 2) static stretching, and (3) dynamic stretching. Each condition was performed immediately before countermovement vertical jump testing in female volleyball collegiate athletes (N = 12). Data were collected over three weeks. Each S performed all three stretching protocols, one session per week, with one week of rest in between sessions. During each testing session, Ss performed a five-minute light jog as a warm-up, eight minutes of one of the stretching protocols, and then performed five maximal countermovement vertical jumps on a Kistler force platform. There was a one minute rest between jumps.
There was no significant difference between any of the conditions.
Implication. Vertical jump height is not affected by stretching if a warm-up is performed.
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