2020 Student Research Conference:
33rd Annual Student Research Conference

Instrument Assisted Percussive Massage Effect on Perceived Pain from Acute DOMS in Track Athletes


Clay Thebeau♦*, Brooke VunCannon♦, and Makenzie Crawford♦
Dr. Brandy Schneider, Faculty Mentor

Microtraumas can cause pain and delayed on-set muscle soreness (DOMS). Massage provides pressure that decreases neutrophil margination, reducing inflammation and DOMS. Percussive massage uses vibrations and percussion to increase circulation and blood flow, while relieving muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness.Subjects: Subjects included twenty-eight track athletes from the current Truman State University team.  Methods:  A percussive device and manual massage were compared. The treatment was administered after a practice, which included eccentric exercise. Subjects used a pain scale to rate their pain level before, after, and post-24 hours of the treatments. Hamstring range of motion was assessed. Results: There was a reduction in pain following both techniques for the pre- and post-pain ratings. Significant difference was found with manual massage and pain reduction. Significant difference was found with the goniometer measure related to manual massage. Conclusion: Manual massage has an effect on decreasing muscle soreness and hamstring flexibility. 


Keywords: Massage, Percussive Massage, DOMS, Hamstring

Topic(s):Athletic Training

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

* Indicates the Student Presenter
♦ Indicates Truman Graduate Student
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