Age-specific differences in the flexibility of high school wrestlers

Sharon A. Evans, Terry J. Housh, Glen O. Johnson, Janis Beaird, Dona J. Housh, Merrel Pepper

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine age related differences in selected flexibility measures in high school wrestlers. Volunteers (N=125) were stratified into four age groups: ≤15.00; 15.01-16.00; 16.01-17.00, and ≥17.00 years, which corresponded approximately to the freshman through senior years of high school. The subjects were tested on three measures of flexibility: sit-and- reach, shoulder-and-wrist elevation, and trunk-and- neck extension. In addition, head-and-trunk length, trochanteric height, and arm length were measured to examine relative flexibility differences. The results indicated significant (p<0.05) group differences for absolute and relative (covaried for trochanteric height) flexibility in the sit-and-reach test. The findings provide descriptive data on the flexibility of high school wrestlers using techniques that may be employed in practical settings by trainers and coaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1993

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Keywords

  • Flexibility
  • Sit-and-reach
  • Wrestling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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