The effects of precompetition massage on the kinematic parameters of 20-m sprint performance
AuthorsFletcher, Iain M.
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate what effect precompetition massage has on short-term sprint performance. Twenty male collegiate games players, with a minimum training/playing background of 3 sessions per week, were assigned to a randomized, counter-balanced, repeated-measures designed experiment used to analyze 20-m sprints performance. Three discrete warm-up modalities, consisting of precompetition massage, a traditional warm-up, and a precompetition massage combined with a traditional warm-up were used. Massage consisted of fast, superficial techniques designed to stimulate the main muscle groups associated with sprint running. Twenty-meter sprint performance and core temperature were assessed post warm-up interventions. Kinematic differences between sprints were assessed through a 2-dimensional computerized motion analysis system (alpha level p
CitationFletcher, Iain M., (2010) 'The effects of precompetition massage on the kinematic parameters of 20-m sprint performance', Journal of strength and conditioning research, 24(5) pp.179-83.
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association