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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.9-30
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Dec 2019
Received 31 Oct 2019 Revised 29 Nov 2019 Accepted 20 Dec 2019

Experimental Findings of Post-Performance Sports Massage Therapy on Stress and Mental State in Athletes
Jaimie Azusa Tani1 ; Chungmi Lee2, *
1University of Tsukuba, Ph.D Student, Japan
2University of Tsukuba, Assistant Professor, Japan

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Sports massage is a well-established form of manual intervention used to improve athletic performance. However, its impact on the biological, physiological, and psychological markers of mental state and stress remains unclear. This research seeks to elucidate the effect that sports massage, compression sleeves, and rest have on stress in the body. Stress will be quantified through amylase and cortisol levels, and on mood, expressed through Lifescore values using the program Lifescore Quick (LSQ), and the Profile of Mood States (POMS). To determine the extent of the impact that sports massage, compression sleeves, and rest have on salivary amylase (sAA), cortisol, LSQ, and POMS of a given test subject when administered after physical activity. Two subjects from the men’s soccer team were tested using a crossover design on six occasions for salivary cortisol and sAA levels, LSQ, and POMS 5 to 10 min before and after regular practice. Following the second test, research subjects moved to the testing site and underwent one of three forms of intervention: full-body sports massage, compression sleeves, or rest. After treatment, they were tested a third time. 3 × 3 ANOVA with repeated measures was used for analysis, with within-subject factors being treatment condition and time. Obtained results reveal that both sports massage and compression sleeves are effective when compared to rest on salivary cortisol, sAA, Lifescore, and POMS, though under the present experimental condition no statistical significance was obtained between the two.

Keywords: Massage therapy, Stress, Mental flexibility, POMS, Biomarkers, Individual

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