The intention of this study was to determine the impact of static, dynamic, and proprioceptive neuromuscular
facilitation stretching with specific football training package on agility of football players. To achieve the purpose of the study, forty eight male football players participated in the inter-school level football tournaments from Kanyakumari district, Tamilnadu, India were selected as subjects. The inclusion criteria of the participants were that the individual was male between the age of 13-17 years, and recreationally active (engage in some form of physical activity at least 30mins and 3-4 days per week). The exclusion criteria of the participants were that the individual was free from lower extremity pain or injury in the past 6 month or any other physical deficit that limited them in performing the stretching protocols. The selected subjects were randomly assigned into four equal groups of 12 subjects each. Group-I performed static stretching with football training, group-II performed dynamic stretching with football training, group-III assigned proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching with football training package and group-IV was control. The subject of control group was not allowed to perform any specific stretching exercises before undergoing football training. ‘t’ test, ANCOVA and scheffes’s test were used to analyse the data. In altering agility of the football players dynamic stretching practice is significantly better than static and PNF stretching training however, no significant differences existed between static and PNF stretching.
Author Name : M.Ponraj & R.Karthikeyan
Keywords: Stretching, Agility, Flexibility, Football.