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Phys Ther Sport. 2017 Nov;28:29-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.08.081. Epub 2017 Aug 24.

Tissue flossing on ankle range of motion, jump and sprint performance: A follow-up study.

Author information

1
Health, Sport and Human Performance, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Electronic address: mdriller@waikato.ac.nz.
2
Health, Sport and Human Performance, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
3
Health, Sport and Human Performance, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand; Chiefs Super Rugby, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Previous results from our laboratory suggest that band flossing results in increased ankle range of motion (ROM) and jump performance 5-min following application. However, the time-course of such benefits is yet to be examined.

DESIGN:

Parallel group design.

SETTING:

University laboratory.

PARTICIPANTS:

69 recreational athletes (32 male/37 female).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Participants performed a weight-bearing lunge test (WBLT), a counter-movement jump (CMJ) and a 15 m sprint test (SPRINT) pre and up to 45-min post application of a floss band to both ankles (FLOSS) or without flossing of the ankle joints (CON).

RESULTS:

There was a significant intervention × time interaction in favour of FLOSS when compared to CON for the WBLT (p < 0.05). These results were associated with trivial to small effect sizes at all time points. Small, but non-significant (p > 0.05) benefits were seen for FLOSS when compared to CON for CMJ force (mean ± 90%CI: 89 ± 101 N) and 15 m SPRINT times (-0.06 ± 0.04 s) at 45-min post.

CONCLUSION:

There is a trend towards a benefit for the use of floss bands applied to the ankle joint to improve ROM, jump and sprint performance in recreational athletes for up to 45-min following their application.

KEYWORDS:

Flossbands; Ischemic pre-conditioning; Mobility bands; ROM; Vascular occlusion

PMID:
28950149
DOI:
10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.08.081
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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