Navid Poor Beirami, Ali Kazani, Babak Nakhostin-Roohi, Iryna Skrypchenko, Marko Joksimović, Novica Gardašević


Hamstring shortness injuries are common in sports activities and occur frequently in activities which involve running, sprinting, jumping or kicking. Restricted flexibility makes the person susceptible to musculoskeletal overuse that significantly affects the individual’s performance level. The present study aimed to compare the effect of 6 weeks’ static stretching and Kinesiotaping on hamstring shortness in the dominant leg of soccer players. Twenty soccer players with hamstring muscle shortness, were randomly selected and divided into two groups. First group of 10 individuals used static stretching training (ST) the average age of (Mean±Std.Dev.) 25.78±2.52, body height 180±5.12cm, body weight 79.65±3.42kg, and BMI 24.52±2.36kg/m2 and second group use Kinesiotape (KT) the average age 23.55±2.30, body height 178±4.91cm, body weight 73.56±3.36kg and BMI 23.21±2.26 kg/m2. The results showed that six weeks of static stretching training and Kinesiotaping had a positive and significant effect on hamstring muscle shortness (p≤0.05). Therefore, it can be concluded that six week static stretching and Kinesiotaping have a positive and almost equal effects on hamstring shortness and knee joint’s range of motion of soccer players and can be used as a corrective therapeutic method for such injuries.

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