Does post exercise massage on lower limbs improve recovery time, thus leading to improved performance on members of the BAF?
Burnell, Amy Marie
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Although massage is widely used as a treatment modality, evidence regarding its use within recovery has an inconclusive base. A Single Subject Experimental Design (SSED) was conducted on members of the British Armed forces (BAF), to investigate the effects of lower limb massage on recovery time. This research was intended as a step towards uncovering the benefits of post exercise massage and the effect it has on recovery time, towards improving performance. Research question: "Does post exercise massage on lower limbs improve recovery time, thus leading to improved performance on members of the BAF?' Method: In a SSED, (n=4) members of the BAF underwent a timed running series with a massage intervention stage. Participants were asked to complete outcome measures; Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP), Brief Pain Inventory (BPl) and a Standardised Open Ended Interview. Results: It was evident that massage appeared to show a majority decrease in running time and pain severity rating, post intervention one; results post intervention two were inconclusive. 100% of participants recognised physical and psychological benefits. Conclusion: Findings suggest that massage has beneficial effects on recovery time. Further research is needed into the physiological effects of massage.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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