The Effects of Pre-Competition Athlete Specific Anterior and Posterior Lower
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study is aimed at examining pre-competition massage and its effects on sprint performance in male Rugby Union players. Current research in the area of massage and sprint performance is limited and holds methodological flaws. The majority of studies have focused on populations as a whole and have not investigated specific sporting populations. There are very few studies that have looked at the effects of anterior and posterior lower limb massage prior to performance. Other limitations include the inconsistency and variation in findings and the clinical manner in which the studies have been conducted. This study aimed to adopt an ecologically valid approach in order to apply the findings to Rugby Union specific populations. 14 male participants (Age 22 ± 3 years) from Newbury Rugby Football Club completed the study and had played a minimum of three games during the 2013/ 2014 season. Prior to sprinting participants underwent two different conditions (Massage and No Massage) combined with a warm up. Both conditions were completed with a minimum gap of 48 hours. Participants completed a maximal sprint through electronic timing gates, after intervention, over a distance of 30m, with a 10m split. Data analysis suggest that there are no significant differences between the testing conditions (p>0.05). This was the case over 10m (p=0.104) and 30m (p=0.623). The results obtained from this study suggests that pre-competition massage intervention prior to performance does not have a significant effect on performance.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT CONDITIONING, REHABILITATION AND MASSAGE
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