Effect of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and static stretching on muscular strength and flexibility of cricketers

For the purpose of the study effect of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and static stretching on muscular strength and flexibility of cricketers, One hundred and fifty cricketers, age ranged from 18th to 25th years from Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education Gwalior were taken for this study of which fifty were given proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching programme (PNF Group), another fifty were given static stretching programme (SS Group) and the remaining fifty was termed as a control group who were not involve in any experimental treatment. The Sergeant vertical jump test (Johnson 2007,) and sit and reach test (Kansal 1996,) were conducted to measure muscular strength and flexibility respectively at the gymnasium of LNIPE Gwalior Madhya Pradesh. A pre test was taken and immediate after the completion of the training programmes, the post test was held.  The data gathered were duly analyzed through statistical procedure. Analysis of Covariance statistics was applied by using SPSS 17 version. The level of significance was set at P<0.05 level of confidence. The effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching programme and static stretching programme are important clinically because the effects may relate to optimizing function, injury prevention, and enhanced muscle performance and both the stretching found to be effective in bringing about changes in muscular strength and flexibility of cricketers.
Key Words: PNF, Static Stretching.
Authors: Pulen Das  & Dr. Mahesh. S. Khetmalis
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