The effects of stretching rate on plantar flexor neuromechanical properties and maximum ankle range of motion
School of Medical and Health Sciences
INTRODUCTION: Maximal joint range of motion (max-ROM) and resistance to tissue elongation (flexibility) are important physical attributes influencing performances in athletic tasks and activities of daily living. Max-ROM tests are typically performed by rotating a joint on the dynamometer at slow angular velocities, which might be of little functional relevance for most daily and sports activities that are performed at faster angular velocities. However, the effects of stretching velocity on max-ROM and the potential neuromechanical factors influencing it have been overlooked. The aim of this study was to test the effects of stretching velocity on plantar flexor (PF) neuromechanical properties and max-ROM, and to assess relationships between them.