International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 6, Issue 3, Part F (2020)
Effect of core stability exercises versus Surya Namaskar on hamstring tightness in healthy adults using active knee extension test at the end of 6 weeks: A comparative study
Hamstring tightness is commonly linked with movement dysfunction at the lumbar spine, pelvis and lower limbs and have been coupled with low back pain and gait abnormalities. The prevalence of hamstring tightness is high in college students due to the sedentary lifestyle. The weak gluteals result in increased activity of hamstrings and erector spinae as compensation to assist hip extension. Core stability exercises helps in activation of gluteus maximus muscle, indirectly causing lengthening in hamstring muscle but through pelvic motion. Surya Namaskar helps to stretch the hamstring muscle which leads to increase in the number of sarcomeres and thus reduces tightness and increases flexibility. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of core stabilization exercise and Surya Namaskar on hamstring tightness.
Method: A sample of 60 individuals were taken as per the inclusion criteria and were divided into two groups. The subjects in Group A (n=30) were made to do supine bridging, single leg hamstring bridge and single leg deadlift and Surya Namaskar in Group B (n=30) for 6 weeks (3 days/week). Progression was done every week. Active knee extension test was used pre and post treatment to measure hamstring tightness.
Result: The findings of this study revealed a significant improvement of hamstring tightness in both the groups post-intervention. When the mean difference of both the groups were compared, group A showed more significant result than group B (for right leg t=3.186, p=0.02; for left leg t=3.712, p<0.001).
Conclusion: Core stabilization exercises show greater result than Surya Namaskar statistically.
How to cite this article:
Saniya M Shaikh, Dr. Asmita C Moharkar. Effect of core stability exercises versus Surya Namaskar on hamstring tightness in healthy adults using active knee extension test at the end of 6 weeks: A comparative study. Int J Appl Res 2020;6(3):386-390.