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Sports Injury Pain Relief and Recovery
Sports Injuries commonly occur during sports or exercise. They usually involve damage to the musculoskeletal system including muscles, bones, and other tissues such as cartilage. Common Sports Injuries include muscle strains and tears, ligament tears, tears to tendons, dislocated joints, and fractured bones.
Sports that may involve injury: Running, Hiking, Road Biking and Mountain Bike Riding, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, and many more.
Sports injuries can include such conditions as muscle tears, sprained muscles, strained tendons, pulled muscles, impact sores such as hematoma and bruising, and general muscle tiredness from usage.
Injury Prevention: Some methods of injury prevention prior to sports and recreational activities include self-myofascia release which is also known as foam rolling, three different styles of stretching, and simple muscle warm up.
Self-myofascia release (check back for more information)
Electrical Muscle Stimulation Sports Usage Reference:
Space tech on the run – Paralympics record breaker - 28 September 2004
- Susanne Marek, Technology Transfer and Promotion Office (EUI-PP), European Space Agency - ESTEC
...Training at the German Sports University in Cologne (DSHS), ESA’s Human Spaceflight Directorate made available to Czyz the *Percutaneous Electrical Muscle Stimulator (PEMS) II developed by the Swiss company Syderal. PEMS II and its predecessor PEMS I, both created for use on the International Space Station, prevents the effects of microgravity on astronauts particularly muscle atrophy and accompanying effects like bone mineralization and cardiovascular de-conditioning. "I was able to train for 10 weeks with PEMS and this significantly improved the muscle mass of my leg so that I no longer have problems fitting my prosthesis," says Czyz."
*Percutaneous means "through the skin"
Prolonged electrical muscle stimulation exercise improves strength and aerobic
capacity in healthy sedentary adults - Journal of Applied Physiology -
Prithwish Banerjee,1 Brian Caulfield, 2 Louis Crowe, 3 and Andrew Clark 1 -
Submitted 17 August 2004 ; accepted in final form 18 July 2005
2 School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland;
3 Biomedical Research
Ltd., Galway, Ireland )
of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Training on Abdominal Strength,
Endurance, and Selected Anthropometric Measures - Journal of Sports Science
and Medicine (2005) 4, 66-75 (link is to abstract) - John P. Porcari 1 ,
Jennifer Miller 1, Kelly Cornwell 1, Carl Foster 1, Mark Gibson 1, Karen McLean
2 and Tom Kernozek 2
Full 10 page research document: (297 KB PDF file) http://jssm.uludag.edu.tr/vol4/n1/9/v4n1-9pdf.pdf
"We studied the effects of self-administered neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on changes in strength, endurance, selected anthropometric measures, and subject's perceived shape and satisfaction of the abdominal wall. Twenty-four adults (experimental group) stimulated their abdominals 5 days per week (20-40 minutes per session) for 8 weeks and refrained from engaging in any additional exercise during the study. A control group (N=16) refrained from exercising the abdominals or engaging in any other exercise training during the study. Subjects were tested at the beginning, mid-point, and end of the study. Isometric strength of the abdominal muscles was tested using a isokinetic dynamometer, endurance was measured using the ACSM curl-up test, abdominal circumference was measured using a steel tape measure, and body shape and satisfaction were assessed via questionnaire. The stimulation group had a 58% increase in abdominal strength, whereas the control group did not change. The stimulation group also had a 100% increase in abdominal endurance versus a 28% increase in the control group. Waist circumference decreased by of 3.5 cm in the stimulation group compared to no significant change in the control group. All 24 subjects in the stimulation group felt that their midsections were more "toned" and "firmed" and 13/24 (54%) felt that their posture had improved as a result of the stimulation. None of the control group subjects reported changes in these parameters. There were no significant differences in body weight, BMI, or skinfold thickness over the course of the study in either group. NMES, as used in the current study, resulted in significant improvements in the muscular strength and endurance of the abdominal region, as well as subject's perceived shape and satisfaction of the mid-section."
Some information abstracted from the "Sports Injuries Handout on Health" from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a part of the U.S. Department of Health Human Services National Institutes of Health.
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