The Influence of Local Muscle Vibration During Foam Rolling on Range of Motion, Muscle Activation, Pain, and Lower Extremity Kinematics Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Enrique, Danielle Nicole
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • The purpose of this study was to identify the combined effects of foam rolling and vibration therapy on dorsiflexion range of motion. Determining a more effective treatment for increasing range of motion will contribute to more effective treatment paradigms for range of motion restrictions, improvement of lower extremity kinematics, and injury risk reduction. Healthy, physically active young adults (n=20) with restricted dorsiflexion in the weight-bearing lunge (<40 degrees) and a minimum of one myofascial trigger point were included. A controlled crossover experimental design was used. Participants received foam rolling with vibration during one session and foam rolling without vibration during the other session. Foam rolling with vibration was more effective in increasing range of motion than foam rolling without vibration without a resultant increase in measured or perceived pain. Foam rolling with vibration is an effective clinical tool for improving range of motion restrictions caused by myofascial trigger points.
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  • Funding: Tom and Elizabeth Long Excellence Fund for Honors
  • Padua, Darin A.
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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