THE EFFECTS OF PRE-EVENT, LOWER LIMB MASSAGE ON AN ATHLETE’S PERFORMANCE DURING AN 800 METER DISTANCE
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Objective: The primary objective of this study was to determine if pre-event massage had an effect on the time it took to run 800 meters compared to having no massage pre-event. Method: Ten middle distance university students took part, four male and six female of similar fitness. These participants attended once a week for two weeks, both weeks the participants took part in a warm up. A cross-over design was adopted therefore one week the participants would receive a pre-determined pre-event massage, the other they would not. After either intervention the participants ran 800 meters. On both weeks the participants completed a visual analogue scale (VAS) questionnaire before warming up, after receiving the massage and after running 800 meters. They then individually ran the 800 meters and were timed. Results: A two-way repeated measure analysis of variance test and a paired and independent t-test were used to analyse the results from the 800 meter times for both interventions. This showed no significant difference between the two interventions on the 800 meter timed runs (p>0.05). The VAS questionnaire showed some substantial differences between the interventions. However this has not been analysed in detail to show any psychological effects from the pre-event massage. Conclusion: A pre-determined pre-event massage has no significant effect on athletic performance. However further research is required to see any psychological benefits.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT CONDITIONING, REHABILITATION AND MASSAGE
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