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The Federated Practice of Soccer Influences Hamstring Flexibility in Healthy Adolescents: Role of Age and Weight Status

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MOVE-IT Research Group and Biomedical Research and Innovation Institute of Cádiz (INiBICA) Research Unit, Puerta del Mar University Hospital University of Cádiz, 11009 Cádiz, Spain
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Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Cádiz, 11519 Puerto Real, Spain
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Received: 9 March 2020 / Revised: 6 April 2020 / Accepted: 10 April 2020 / Published: 13 April 2020
The aim of this study was to compare the hamstring flexibility between federated soccer and non-federated adolescents, and also to evaluate the effect of age and weight status on hamstring flexibility. The participants were 234 students (11–18 years old) divided into: (i) G1: non-federated (n = 127), and (ii) G2: federated in soccer (n = 107). The deep flexion of the trunk (DF) test and the sit and reach test (SRT) were performed. G2 showed higher values for the DF and SRT compared to G1 (p < 0.05). Both flexibility tests correlated positively (r = 0.4, p < 0.001). Body mass index (BMI) was negatively correlated with the DF test (r = −0.3, p < 0.001), but not with the SRT. Divided by BMI, the underweight and normal weight groups had higher scores in the DF test compared with the overweight and obese groups (p < 0.001). BMI was negatively correlated with hamstring flexibility. Federated soccer students present higher scores of hamstring flexibility. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; deep trunk flexion; sit and reach test; soccer adolescents; deep trunk flexion; sit and reach test; soccer
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Ponce-González, J.G.; Gutiérrez-Manzanedo, J.V.; De Castro-Maqueda, G.; Fernández-Torres, V.J.; Fernández-Santos, J.R. The Federated Practice of Soccer Influences Hamstring Flexibility in Healthy Adolescents: Role of Age and Weight Status. Sports 2020, 8, 49. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sports8040049

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Ponce-González JG, Gutiérrez-Manzanedo JV, De Castro-Maqueda G, Fernández-Torres VJ, Fernández-Santos JR. The Federated Practice of Soccer Influences Hamstring Flexibility in Healthy Adolescents: Role of Age and Weight Status. Sports. 2020; 8(4):49. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sports8040049

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Ponce-González, Jesús G., José V. Gutiérrez-Manzanedo, Guillermo De Castro-Maqueda, Victor J. Fernández-Torres, and Jorge R. Fernández-Santos 2020. "The Federated Practice of Soccer Influences Hamstring Flexibility in Healthy Adolescents: Role of Age and Weight Status" Sports 8, no. 4: 49. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sports8040049

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