Authors

Amanda Methé

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Athletic Training

Faculty Advisor

Nicole Chimera, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Abstract

Hamstring strains are one of the most common injuries in athletics; they are typically caused by inflexibility. Self-myofascial release, commonly known as foam rolling, has become more popular in the athletic population and is proposed to help increase flexibility. A recent study suggests that foam rolling improves hamstring flexibility; however, this study used the forward flexion test, which doesn’t accurately isolate hamstring flexibility. The Active Knee Extension Test (AKET) is commonly used to measure hamstring flexibility. The effect of foam rolling on hamstring flexibility will be measured using a randomized control pre-test post-test study, where participant's hamstring flexibility will be measured before and after foam rolling. The participants in this study are > 18 years, free of upper and lower extremity injuries, and were not participating in foam rolling before the study. It is hypothesized that foam rolling will increase hamstring flexibility as measured by the AKET. An independent t-test will be used to compare difference from pre to post intervention in hamstring flexibility between the groups.

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