Title

The effects of therapeutic massage on delayed onset muscle soreness and muscle function following downhill walking

Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Communications, Health and Science

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of a therapeutic massage on delayed onset muscle soreness and muscle function following a bout of downhill walking. Eight healthy male subjects (aged 18-25 yrs) performed a 40 min downhill treadmill walk (-10 to 14% at comfortable speed). The subjects body mass was increased by 10% (weighted bum hag) prior to the commencement of the downhill walk. Muscle soreness, tenderness, Isometric extensors, and isokinetic knee extensor/flexor torque, single leg vertical, jump height and plasma creatine kinase were measured on two separate testing occasions before the downhill walk test and at 1, 24, 72 and 120 Hr post-test. A 30 min therapeutic massage was randomly applied, 2 hours after the downhill walk test, to the lower limb by a qualified massage therapist. Statistical analysis for soreness and tenderness revealed significant differences (p

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