Effects of static stretching on functional capacity in older women: Randomized controlled trial

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Gallo, Luiza Herminia
Demantova Gurjão, André Luiz
Gobbi, Sebastião [UNESP]
Ceccato, Marilia [UNESP]
Garcia Prado, Alexandre Konig
Jambassi Filho, José Claudio
Silveira Gomes, Anna Raquel
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The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of static stretching on functional capacity of older women. Thirty-one older women (68.2 ± 7.4 yrs) were randomly assigned to two groups: Control Group (n = 16) and Training Group (n = 15). Functional capacity was assessed by a motor test battery and the global functional fitness index (GFFI) calculated by summing the scores of all motor tests. Maximal voluntary contraction was evaluated during unilateral isometric knee extension. After 8 wks of training, the TG had significantly (P<0.001) better flexibility levels (59.0 ± 9.9 cm) than the CG (49.5 ± 10.1 cm). The TG also improved the GFFI overall classification, which changed from Fair (200-299 points) to Good (300-399 points), while the CG remained classified as Fair. No difference was observed between groups for the other variables. Thus, the findings indicate that static stretching training is effective in improving flexibility and general functional activities in older women.
Aging, Flexibility, Physical fitness, Static stretching
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Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, v. 18, n. 5, p. 13-22, 2015.