Evaluation of lower limb flexibility among college students

Published: 25 April 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/schkrz6552.1


Lower limb flexibility is essential for optimal performance in various physical activities and sports, as well as for preventing injuries. Assessing the flexibility levels among college students can provide valuable insights into their physical fitness and potential risk factors for musculoskeletal issues. This study aimed to evaluate the lower limb flexibility among college students using standardized flexibility tests. The objectives were to determine the average flexibility levels among college students, identify any significant differences based on gender or physical activity levels, and assess the correlation between flexibility and overall physical fitness. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 112 college students aged 20-25 years. Lower limb flexibility was assessed using well-established tests such as the straight leg raise test, hip flexion and extension, knee flexion and extension. Participants also completed a questionnaire regarding their demographic information. The study found that the average lower limb flexibility among college students was within the normal range, with variations observed based on gender. Male students exhibited higher flexibility levels compared to females, and those engaged in regular physical activity demonstrated greater flexibility. The findings highlight the importance of incorporating flexibility training into college physical education programs to enhance students' overall physical fitness and reduce the risk of injuries. Gender differences in flexibility underscore the need for tailored exercise interventions to address specific needs. Furthermore, promoting regular physical activity among college students can contribute to maintaining and improving lower limb flexibility. This study provides valuable insights into the lower limb flexibility levels among college students and emphasizes the significance of promoting flexibility training and regular physical activity to enhance overall health and reduce injury risks. Future research should explore longitudinal studies to assess the effectiveness of flexibility interventions over time.



Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation


Lower Limb, Fitness, Flexibility, Physical Activity Level