Table 4

 Characteristics of hamstring stretching in the professional football clubs

Premiership (N = 8)Division 1 (N = 10)Division 2 (N = 6)Division 3 (N = 6)
N represents the number of clubs in a particular division participating in the study.
n represents the number of clubs that responded to the questionnaire on the stated component of stretching.
*Values are mean (SD).
†Values are mean (range).
HSF, hamstring stretching frequency or repetitions per session; PNF, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation; SHT, static stretching holding time; SSP, standard stretching protocol; STE, stretching technique employed.
Use of SSP6954
Number of clubs strictly adhering to SSP at most/all sessions6 (n = 6)9 (n = 9)4 (n = 6)4 (n = 5)
SHT (s)*31.3 (14.6)23.0 (7.90)21.7 (11.3)13.3 (5.0)
HSF per session†3 (2–5) (n = 7)5 (2–10) (n = 6)3 (2–6) (n = 5)5 (3–6) (n = 4)
Proportions of STE (static:PNF:ballistic)5:1:16:1:24:1:18:1:1