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Comparison of three different sit and reach tests for measurement of hamstring flexibility in female university students
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  1. G Baltaci1,
  2. N Un2,
  3. V Tunay1,
  4. A Besler1,
  5. S Gerçeker3
  1. 1School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  2. 2School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Ankara
  3. 3Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Gülhane Military Hospital, Ankara
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Baltaci, Hacettepe University School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Sports Physiotherapy Unit, 06100 Ankara, Turkey;
 sbaltaci{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Background: The sit and reach test is the most common flexibility test used in health related fitness test batteries.

Objective: To examine and compare three different sit and reach tests as a measure of hamstring flexibility in 102 female students.

Method: The traditional sit and reach test, the chair sit and reach test, the back saver sit and reach test, and passive straight leg raise were administered in three trials to all 102 students (mean (SD) age 22 (1) years) on the same day.

Results: A Pearson correlation coefficient analysis was significant (p<0.01) for the traditional sit and reach test with back saver sit and reach test and flexibility of hamstrings (r = 0.45 and 0.65 for left and right legs, and 0.63 and 0.53 for left and right legs respectively). Also, the back saver sit and reach test for the left (p<0.01) and right (p<0.05) leg was significantly associated with hamstring flexibility (r = 0.37 and 0.25 for the left leg and 0.50 and 0.44 for the right leg respectively).

Conclusion: The results indicate that the back saver sit and reach test produces reasonably accurate and stable measures of hamstring flexibility. Moreover, it appears that this test is a safe and acceptable alternative to the traditional and chair sit and reach tests as a measure of hamstring flexibility in young women.

  • assessment
  • sit and reach test
  • hamstring
  • flexibility
  • SR, sit and reach
  • CSR, chair sit and reach
  • BSSR, back saver sit and reach

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