Kines 3502 Flexibility lab notes

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1 Flexibility Kin 3502
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Flexibility The functional capacity of the joints to move through a full range of motion (ROM) Gold standard—laboratory assessment of the ROM of a specific joint ACSM 2010 2
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Facilitate activities of daily living Adequate lower back and hip flexibility may decrease likelihood of lower back pain Differences in ROM between left and right sides may indicate/precipitate muscloskeletal problems 3 Why is flexibility important?
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Unique Assessment Principles Hundreds of different joints in the human body Specificity—flexibility is individualized for each joint § This eliminates the possibility of a singular test Warm-up—necessary before assessing flexibility § Whole-body aerobic exercises § Passive stretching and ROM exercises ACSM 2010 4
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Methods of Measurement Visual measurement Changes in distance Device measurement—assess ROM § Goniometer—most common device used ACSM 2010 5
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Distance Tests: Sit-and-Reach Test Most widely used flexibility test in physical fitness programs Theorized association of poor flexibility with low-back pain and injury ACSM 2010 6
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