Neurodynamic sliders promote flexibility in tight hamstring syndrome

Eur J Sport Sci. 2020 Aug;20(7):973-980. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2019.1675770. Epub 2019 Oct 22.

Abstract

ABSTRACT Hamstring injury prevention puts emphasis on optimizing the muscle's strength-length relationship. To assure appropriate muscle length, flexibility training is imperative. As neurodynamics play an important role herein, the goal of this study was to explore the intervention effect of home-based neurodynamic slider program on hamstring flexibility. Fifty physically active male subjects were randomly assigned to either performing a neurodynamic sliding technique (3 × 20 reps) or a static stretching protocol (3 × 30″) on a daily basis for a 6-week period. Hamstring flexibility was assessed by means of the Straight Leg Raise at baseline, immediately after the intervention and after 4 weeks follow up. There was no between group baseline difference in hamstring flexibility. The repeated measure ANOVA showed a significant interaction effect for group × time (p < 0.001). Independent sample t-test showed a significantly higher increase in flexibility gain in the neurodynamic group immediately after the intervention (p < 0.001), as well as at 4 weeks retention analysis (p = 0.001) compared to the static stretch group. In conclusion, neurodynamic sliders might be more efficient than regular static stretching in affecting hamstring flexibility in the long run.

Keywords: Neurodynamics; flexibility; hamstrings; range of motion.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Hamstring Muscles / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Strength / physiology
  • Muscle Stretching Exercises / physiology*
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
  • Syndrome
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult