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dc.contributor.authorHunter, Angusen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWatt, Joan Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorWatt, Ven_UK
dc.contributor.authorGalloway, S Den_UK
dc.description.abstractObjective: To evaluate the effect of massage on force production and neuromuscular recruitment. Methods: Ten healthy male subjects performed isokinetic concentric contractions on the knee extensors at speeds of 60, 120, 180, and 240°/s. These contractions were performed before and after a 30 minute intervention of either rest in the supine position or lower limb massage. Electromyography (EMG) and force data were captured during the contractions. Results: The change in isokinetic mean force due to the intervention showed a significant decrease (p<0.05) at 60°/s and a trend for a decrease (p  =  0.08) at 120°/s as a result of massage compared with passive rest. However, there were no corresponding differences in any of the EMG data. A reduction in force production was shown at 60°/s with no corresponding alteration in neuromuscular activity. Conclusions: The results suggests that motor unit recruitment and muscle fibre conduction velocity are not responsible for the observed reductions in force. Although experimental confirmation is necessary, a possible explanation is that massage induced force loss by influencing “muscle architecture”. However, it is possible that the differences were only found at 60°/s because it was the first contraction after massage. Therefore muscle tension and architecture after massage and the duration of any massage effect need to be examined.en_UK
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Groupen_UK
dc.relationHunter A, Watt JM, Watt V & Galloway SD (2006) Effect of lower limb massage on electromyography and force production of the knee extensors. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40 (2), pp. 114-118.
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dc.titleEffect of lower limb massage on electromyography and force production of the knee extensorsen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleBritish Journal of Sports Medicineen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorHunter, Angus|0000-0001-7562-6145en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWatt, Joan M|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWatt, V|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGalloway, S D|0000-0002-1622-3044en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filename2005 019075 Massage EMG2.pdfen_UK
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