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Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2013 Jun 3;6(2):3-8. Print 2013.

Massage efficacy beliefs for muscle recovery from a running race.

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College of Nursing, University of Colorado at Denver, Aurora, CO, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Belief in efficacy of CAM therapies has been sparsely reported and may be different than reported use of the therapy.

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study was to identify efficacy beliefs of massage for muscle recovery following a 10-km running race.

SETTING:

Finish zone of a 10-km race.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Participants completed a brief survey regarding running race characteristics, prior use of massage, and belief in efficacy of massage regarding muscle recovery from the race.

PARTICIPANTS:

The subject pool consisted of 745 individuals who completed a running race and were within 60 minutes of race completion.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Subjects reported demographic information (age, gender), race information (finish time, perceived exertion, muscle soreness, fatigue), prior use of massage, and belief regarding efficacy of massage for postrace muscle recovery.

RESULTS:

Most study participants believed that massage would benefit muscle recovery following the running race (80.0%), even though only 43.9% had received a massage previously. Those who had received at least one massage were significantly more likely to believe that massage would benefit muscle recovery (91.9% vs. 70.4%, p < .001). Females were more likely than males to have had a massage (52.3% vs. 36.0%, p < .001) and to believe it would benefit recovery (83.1% vs. 77.1%, p = .046).

CONCLUSIONS:

Massage is well-accepted as a muscle recovery aid following a running race, but females and those who have used massage were significantly more likely to perceive it as advantageous. Belief in a therapeutic value of massage for muscle recovery exceeds its reported use.

KEYWORDS:

complementary medicine; integrative medicine; physical activity; recovery of function; treatment efficacy

PMID:
23730395
PMCID:
PMC3666599
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