2018 Volume 30 Issue 12 Pages 1434-1439
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the acute effect of low-intensity eccentric hamstring exercise on peak torque angle, range of motion, and passive stiffness. [Participants and Methods] Fourteen healthy young adults exercised as follows: 1) Under low-intensity eccentric hamstring exercise condition, participants performed a stiff-leg deadlift using a 20-kg barbell, 2) Under control condition with participants seated. The peak torque angle during eccentric knee flexion, hip flexion and knee extension range of motion, passive torque, and passive stiffness were measured before and after two conditions in the dominant leg. [Results] The low-intensity stiff-leg deadlift significantly increased hip flexion and knee extension range of motion and significantly decreased passive stiffness. Although the low-intensity stiff-leg deadlift did not change the peak torque angle, the changes in passive torque and passive stiffness were negatively correlated with the change in peak torque angle. [Conclusion] These results suggest that low-intensity eccentric hamstring exercise enhances flexibility, and a decrease in passive torque and passive stiffness are negatively associated with producing the eccentric peak knee flexion torque at a shorter muscle length.