Comparing pre-event massage techniques on lower limb reactive strength index.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Purpose - The purpose of this research was to identify the effects of pre-event massage techniques on lower limb reactive strength index when performing a drop jump. Methods- A total of 9 participants were involved in this study, 5 of which were male, and 4 females all participants had similar sporting experience. A randomised cross over design was conducted so all participants had received three different treatments lasting 15 minutes each in a randomised order. Treatment 1 consisted of a pre-event massage delivered at a fast tempo. Treatment 2 consisted of another pre-event massage with different techniques and was delivered at a much slower pace. Treatment three, was no massage at all and acted as a control. Once complete the participants would then perform a drop jump on a smart speed jump mat which recorded the participants lower limb reactive strength index (RSI). Results- Data from the jump mat was input into SPSS software and a one way repeated measures ANOVA test was carried out. The result showed no significance (P > 0.05) to reactive strength index when participants received all three different treatments. Conclusion- The study concluded that the pre-event massage had no significance on reactive strength index in the lower limbs and had not altered jump height or contact time during the drop jump testing. More research is needed in the efficacy of pre-event massage prior to sporting competitions or activities. i
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