Massage Efficacy Beliefs for Muscle Recovery from a Running Race

  • Albert Moraska, PhD University of Colorado at Denver
Keywords: treatment efficacy, complementary medicine, integrative medicine, physical activity, recovery of function

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.

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Published
2013-03-18
How to Cite
Moraska, PhD, A. (2013). Massage Efficacy Beliefs for Muscle Recovery from a Running Race. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 6(2), 3–8. https://doi.org/10.3822/ijtmb.v6i2.165
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Research