Are The Effects of Deep Tissue Sports Massage on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Present in University Athletes
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Objective: The primary objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of massage as an intervention and to ascertain the optimal massage techniques to help aid in the reduction of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) pain in the university level athletes, following intense eccentric exercise. Participants: 12 male undergraduate participants from Cardiff Metropolitan University took part in the study. Participants played for Cardiff Met’s 2nd team football, 1st team futsal and 1st team badminton squads. All participants had a minimum of 12 month’s experience of avid gym going, but had no experience in focusing on eccentric training. Methods: All participants attended two separate weeks of data collection in a crossover design format with each week consisting of the participants completing eccentric and plyometric exercises. Once the session was completed, 50% of the group, received a 10-minute massage focusing on their hamstrings, quads and calf’s, and the alternative 50% where then asked to go away and rest. Every 12 hour’s post-session, all participants were asked to fill out a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) on their perception of DOMS. As this was a crossover design study, seven days after the first session was completed, the same procedures were carried out, but instead, the participants who didn’t receive the Mas condition in the first session received one and the participants who did, didn’t. Again, they were then required to complete a VAS scale every 12 hours post session. Results: Analysis of the data revealed that massage applied post eccentric activity, had a significant effect on the perception of DOMS within the acute phase of recovery (p < 0.05), and showed no interaction regarding the remainder of the study. Conclusion: Massage applied post eccentric activity, significantly reduced the effect of DOMS within the acute phase of recovery, therefore, this study verifies the effectiveness of massage as an intervention to enhance the performers reaction to DOMS and aid in the recovery process.
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