Effectiveness of passive stretching with and without myofascial release in increasing knee extension among fourth year physical therapy students of DLS-HSI

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Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy


Stretching, Myofascial Pain Syndromes, Knee


The study utilized true experimental pre-test and post-test type of research design to compare the effectiveness of passive stretching versus passive stretching with myofascial release in increasing knee extension of fourth year PT students. Twenty-two (22) fourth year PT students of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute were chosen using purposive sampling. Research instruments were 6-minute walk test recording sheet, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index. Independent two-sample t-test was used to compare the two difference interventions and determine if a significant difference exists between them. Based from the findings, all subjects had an increase of knee extension ROM but there is no sufficient evidence to conclude that passive stretching with MFR is more effective than passive stretching without MFR in increasing ROM of knee extension.

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