Short-term retention of flexibility in varsity ice hockey players / by Claude Daniel Chevrier. --
Chevrier, Claude Daniel
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of various stretching exercises on flexibility during competition-specific activities. A Leighton FI exometer was used to measure flexibility. Testing and training procedures were controlled. The subjects were 4 Lakehead University varsity ice hockey players. The research design consisted of two replications of a 3 x 3 Latin square. The subjects were tested for flexibility before an ice hockey scrimmage, during the scrimmage; and at the conclusion of the scrimmage. Data were analyzed with ANOVA and Duncan Multiple Range Test. Significance was determined at 0.05 level. Results showed: 1) flexibility training methods (3S and SS) improved ankle flexibility, 2) flexibility is specific to each joint, 3) flexibility was greater before and after the scrimmage when compared to during the scrimmage, 4) there was no difference in flexibility due to training, and 5) no significant differences between training methods on short-term flexibility retention.