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C Thielscher, E Hahn, M Klumpp, B Lindenberg, D Matusiewicz
AIM OF THE STUDY: The article examines how big German insurance companies handle back pain in terms of occupational health management (OHM). METHODOLOGY: Narrative interviews with experts from 8 out of the 20 biggest enterprises were conducted. RESULTS: Musculoskeletal diseases are the number one or number two reason for sick leave. All enterprises offer OHM; there is a variety of measures, e. g., sport, massage, advice, ergonomics, healthy food and leadership training...
August 12, 2016: Der Orthopäde
Martin D Hoffman, Natalie Badowski, Joseph Chin, Kristin J Stuempfle
Study Design Randomized controlled trial. Background Postexercise recovery techniques are widely used, but little research has examined their effectiveness. Objectives To examine the effectiveness of massage and pneumatic compression on recovery from a 161-km ultramarathon. Methods Participants in the 2015 161-km Western States Endurance Run were randomized to a 20-minute postrace intervention of massage, intermittent sequential pneumatic compression, or supine rest. Each subject completed two 400-m runs at maximum speed before the race and on days 3 and 5 after the race, and also provided muscle pain and soreness ratings and overall muscular fatigue scores before and for 7 days after the race...
May 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Katy L de Valle, Zoe E Davidson, Rachel A Kennedy, Monique M Ryan, Kate M Carroll
PURPOSE: To record the use and perceived benefits of mainstream allied health services, complementary therapies, nutritional supplements and structured physical activity in a paediatric population of males with Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy. METHOD: A questionnaire was distributed to 125 parents of males with a dystrophinopathy within a tertiary neuromuscular clinic population in Melbourne, Australia. RESULTS: Response rate to the survey was 41%...
2016: Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
M Terry Loghmani, Amy J Bayliss, Greg Clayton, Evelina Gundeck
Finger injuries are common and can greatly affect a musician's quality of life. A 55-year-old man, who had injured the proximal interphalangeal joint of the left index finger 6 months prior to any intervention, was treated with a manual therapy approach incorporating instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Initial examination findings included self-reported pain and functional limitations and physical impairments that significantly impeded his ability to play the acoustic guitar. He was treated once a week for 6 weeks with IASTM, joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise, and ice massage...
December 2015: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
Joanna Sobiecka, Wojciech Gawroński, Marta Kądziołka, Paweł Kruszelnicki, Jadwiga Kłodecka-Różalska, Ryszard Plinta
The quality of training conditions affects sporting success, injuries and health. The aim of the work was to present the conditions during the preparations of Polish athletes for the Summer Paralympic Games 2004-2012. The study encompassed 271 paralympians: Athens (91), Beijing (89) and London (91), competing in 13 disciplines. The research was based on a two-part questionnaire by Kłodecka-Różalska adjusted for disabled sports, and was conducted one month before each PG. Part 1 contained 20 closed-ended questions regarding conditions during preparations, while Part 2 concerned socio-demographic and sports-related data...
November 22, 2015: Journal of Human Kinetics
Wojciech Gawroński, Joanna Sobiecka
Medical care in disabled sports is crucial both as prophylaxis and as ongoing medical intervention. The aim of this paper was to present changes in the quality of medical care over the consecutive Paralympic Games (PG). The study encompassed 31 paralympians: Turin (11), Vancouver (12), and Sochi (8) competing in cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, biathlon and snowboarding. The first, questionnaire-based, part of the study was conducted in Poland before the PG. The athletes assessed the quality of care provided by physicians, physiologists, dieticians, and physiotherapists, as well as their cooperation with the massage therapist and the psychologist...
November 22, 2015: Journal of Human Kinetics
Jacob A Siedlik, Charles Bergeron, Michael Cooper, Russell Emmons, William Moreau, Dustin Nabhan, Philip Gallagher, John P Vardiman
CONTEXT: Analysis of injury and illness data collected at large international competitions provides the US Olympic Committee and the national governing bodies for each sport with information to best prepare for future competitions. Research in which authors have evaluated medical contacts to provide the expected level of medical care and sports medicine services at international competitions is limited. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the medical-contact data for athletes, staff, and coaches who participated in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, using unsupervised modeling techniques to identify underlying treatment patterns...
January 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
Ann B Kennedy, Jennifer L Trilk
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Evidence suggests that para-athletes are injured more often than able-bodied athletes. The benefits of massage therapy for these disabled athletes are yet to be explored. This paper documents the process followed for creating a massage program for elite paracycling athletes with the goal to assess effects on recovery, rest, performance, and quality of life both on and off the bike. SETTING: Massage therapists' private practices throughout the United States...
September 2015: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Mehdi Kargarfard, Eddie T C Lam, Ardalan Shariat, Ina Shaw, Brandon S Shaw, Shamsul B M Tamrin
It is believed that sport massage after intensive exercise might improve power and perceptual recovery in athletes. However, few studies have been done in this area. This study aimed to examine the effect of massage on the performance of bodybuilders. Thirty experienced male bodybuilders were randomly assigned to either a massage group (n = 15) or a control group (n = 15). Both groups performed five repetition sets at 75-77% of 1RM of knee extensor and flexor muscle groups. The massage group then received a 30-min massage after the exercise protocol while the control group maintained their normal passive recovery...
2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
Wei-Ting Wu, Chang-Zern Hong, Li-Wei Chou
Many people continue suffering from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) defined as a regional pain syndrome characterized by muscle pain caused by myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) clinically. Muscle spasm and block of blood circulation can be noticed in the taut bands. In the MTrP region, nociceptors can be sensitized by the peripheral inflammatory factors and contracture of fascia can also be induced. Traditional treatments of MPS include stretching therapy, thermal treatment, electrical stimulation, massage, manipulation, trigger points injection, acupuncture, and medicine...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Brandon Behara, Bert H Jacobson
A recent strategy to increase sports performance is a self-massage technique called myofascial release using foam rollers. Myofascial restrictions are thought to be brought on by injuries, muscle imbalances, over recruitment, and/or inflammation, all of which can decrease sports performance. The purpose of this study was to compare the acute effects of a single-bout of lower extremity self-myofascial release using a custom deep tissue roller (DTR) and a dynamic stretch protocol. Subjects consisted of NCAA Division 1 offensive linemen (n=14) at a Midwestern university...
June 24, 2015: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Sylvia L Burns
BACKGROUND: Concussion, its recognition, diagnosis, and treatment is a growing public health issue. Massage practitioners who specialize in rehabilitation deal with a variety of injury cases that involve concussion, including those incurred by falls, motor vehicle incidents, and sports injuries. PURPOSE: This case study presents a unique massage therapy approach to concussion trauma treatment. PARTICIPANT: Male 23-year-old intramural soccer player diagnosed with postconcussion syndrome resulting from a fall...
June 2015: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Yi-Ping Chang, Hongsen Chiang, Kao-Shang Shih, Hsiao-Li Ma, Leou-Chyr Lin, Wei-Li Hsu, Yung-Cheng Huang, Hsing-Kuo Wang
STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. OBJECTIVES: To measure Achilles tendon microcirculation (total hemoglobin [THb] and oxygen saturation [StO2]) before and after the application of a physical agent in asymptomatic participants, and to compare differences between application location and physical agent dosage. BACKGROUND: Tendon microcirculation can be altered by superficial heating or cryotherapy. METHODS: Fifty-one healthy adults (median age, 22 years; range, 20-34 years) were recruited and randomly assigned into 1 of 4 groups...
July 2015: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Andrew R Peterson, M Kyle Smoot, Jacob L Erickson, Ross E Mathiasen, Kevin C Kregel, Mederic Hall
This review summarizes the evidence base for using compression, massage, caloric replacement, cold, and heat as exercise recovery aids in sport.
May 2015: Current Sports Medicine Reports
Kamil Mustafa, Mariusz Pawel Furmanek, Aleksandra Knapik, Bogdan Bacik, Grzegorz Juras
BACKGROUND: Swedish massage is one of the common treatments to provide optimal start and readiness of athletes. The ability of kinesthetic differentiation (KD) is crucial in sport performance. This skill allows to adapt demanded muscle forces to optimize the motor tasks, and it is responsible for the precision. In the literature, there is no evidence how Swedish massage influences the kinesthetic differentiation. PURPOSE: The objective of the study was to evaluate the impact of Swedish massage on the kinesthetic differentiation and muscle strength of hand grip...
March 2015: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Mersija Kasumovic, Emir Gorcevic, Semir Gorcevic, Jasna Osmanovic
INTRODUCTION: The cervical syndrome refers to a set of disorders caused by the changes in the cervical spine and the soft-tissue surrounding it, with pain as the predominant symptom. Sore neck has been a common problem among a large section of today`s population. The factors contributing to this issue include the modern lifestyle, prolonged sitting and incorrect, fixed or constrained working postures. The root of these difficulties is found in the mechanical disorders of the cervical spine structures, poor body posture and jerky body movements...
December 2013: Medical Archives
Bob Chen, Damon Mok, Winson C C Lee, Wing Kai Lam
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of a high-intensity stepwise conditioning programme combined with multiple recovery measures on physical fitness, agility, and knee pain symptoms of an injured player. DESIGN: A single case study. SETTING: University-based conditioning training laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: One 26-year-old male world-class badminton player (height, 190.0 cm; weight, 79.3 kg; left dominant hand; playing experience, 16 years; former world champion) with patellar tendinosis and calcification of his left knee...
February 2015: Physical Therapy in Sport
James C Brown, Sugnet Gardner-Lubbe, Michael Ian Lambert, Willem Van Mechelen, Evert Verhagen
BACKGROUND/AIM: Participants of rugby union ('rugby') have an above-average risk of injury compared with other popular sports. Thus, BokSmart, a nationwide injury prevention programme for rugby, was introduced in South Africa in 2009. Improvements in injury-preventing behaviour of players are critical to the success of an intervention. The aim of this study was to assess whether BokSmart has been associated with improvements in rugby player behaviour. METHODS: An anonymous knowledge, attitude and self-reported behaviour questionnaire was completed by junior (under-18) and senior (adult) tournament players who attended merit-based tournaments (2008-2012)...
June 2015: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
Chun-Wei Hu, Yu-Shan Wei, Ya-Mei Du, He-Qin Li, Zhi-Hua Liu, Yan-Ping Qiu, Hui-Ting Yang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect of acupoint massage dominant early comprehensive intervention on the prognosis of premature infants with brain injury. METHODS: Totally 210 premature infants with brain injury were assigned to the intervention group (112 cases) and the control group (98 cases). All patients received routine therapy (medicinal + routine care instructions). Patients in the intervention group additionally received acupoint massage. Those with abnormal early motion received physical sports treatment...
September 2014: Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine
Joel T Fuller, Rebecca L Thomson, Peter R C Howe, Jonathan D Buckley
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if vibration therapy is more effective than the standard treatment of stretching and massage for improving recovery of muscle strength and reducing muscle soreness after muscle damage induced by eccentric exercise. DESIGN: A randomized, single-blinded parallel intervention trial design was used. SETTING: Research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty untrained men aged 18 to 30 years completed the study...
July 2015: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
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