Healthcare, Volume 9, Issue 4 (April 2021) – 122 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): The goal was to systematically review and meta-analyze randomized controlled trials assessing the effects of strength training (ST) and stretching on range-of-motion (ROM). Eleven articles (n = 452 participants) were included. Pooled data showed no differences between ST and stretching on ROM (ES = −0.22; 95% CI = −0.55 to 0.12; p = 0.206). Sub-group analyses based on risk of bias, active vs. passive ROM, and movement-per-joint analyses showed no between-protocol differences in ROM gains. Conclusions: ST and stretching were not different in their effects on ROM, but the studies were highly heterogeneous in terms of design, protocols and populations; therefore, further research is warranted. The qualitative effects of all the studies, however, were quite homogeneous. View this paper.
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