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The acute effects of two passive stretch maneuvers on pectoralis minor length and scapular kinematics among collegiate swimmers.

Authors:  Williams J, Laudner K, McLoda T

The purpose of this descriptive repeated measures study was to compare the acute effects of two passive stretches on pectoralis minor length and scapular kinematics among a group of collegiate swimmers. The gross shoulder stretch program had a significant increase in pectoralis minor length as compared to a focal stretch and a control group.  Overall results revealed no acute improvements of scapular upward rotation, external rotation, or posterior tilt of the scapula after the application of either passive stretch maneuver performed on the pectoralis minor muscle.

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