2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

The Effects of the Firefly T-1 Device on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in College Athletes

Ashley B. Rose* and Grace M. Pepple
Ms. Michelle Boyd, Faculty Mentor

PURPOSE: To determine if an electrical stimulating device, the Firefly, decreases soreness and maintains isometric torque of the ankle following DOMS.  METHODS:  Thirty athletes volunteered to participate. Following an exercise session, the Firefly was randomly applied to one leg and a placebo cream applied to the other leg. Participants wore the device and placebo cream for 12 hours.  After 24 hours, pain was measured at three locations using a visual analog scale and a pressure algometer.  Peak isometric strengths were measured using an isokinetic device. RESULTS:  A treatment by condition ANOVA with repeated measures over the first factor indicated no significant differences in pain sensation between the placebo and the Firefly. There was no significant strength differences between placebo and the Firefly for inversion, plantar flexion, and dorsiflexion. DISCUSSION:  The results from this study indicate that the Firefly was no more effective in decreasing DOMS than a placebo.


Keywords: DOMS, Firefly, Prevention, Athletic Training

Topic(s):Athletic Training

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 201-4
Location: BH 102
Time: 11:00

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