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Research: Lower Limb Compression and Sports Massage

Submitted by on November 20, 2010 – 12:12 pmNo Comment

A study performed in the United Kingdom looked at the effects of lower limb compression tights and massage on the symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage in women.  Test subjects performed 100 plyometric drop jump exercises to create muscle damage, and then the subjects were divided into a control group (no post-exercise treatment), a compression group ( wore compression tights for 12 hours immediately after exercise) and a combined group (30-minute massage immediately after exercise and then compression tights for 11.5 hours).

Subjects were reassessed after 1, 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours of the initial plyometric exercise for:  perceived soreness, creatine kinase activity, isokinetic muscle strength, and jump performance.

The results of the study showed that the compression group and the combined group both reduced the loss of strength after the plyometric exercise, when compared to the control group.  The addition of sports massage to compression did not improve recovery compared to the compression group, but the combined massage and compression group did show significant improvement in perceived muscle soreness.

Jakeman, JR, Byrne, C, and Eston, RG.  Efficacy of lower limb compression and combined treatment of manual massage and lower limb compression on symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage in women.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 24(11): 3157-3165, 2010

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