A Dose-Response Relationship Between Myofascial Release & Anaerobic Power Output in Active College-Aged Males

Issue: Vol. 5 No. 2

Published by Journal of Fitness Research, August 2016. Volume 5.2

Tags: Pre-exercise , Warm-up , Fascial Manipulation , Wingate , Foam Rolling

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  1. Alexander Hansen
    University-Wisconsin Eau Claire, Department of Kinesiology
  2. Nicholas M Beltz
    University of New Mexico, Department of Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences
  3. Jeffrey Janot (Corresponding Author)
    University-Wisconsin Eau Claire, Department of Kinesiologyrn105 Garfield Avenue Box #4004rnEau Claire, WI 54702rn715-836-5333rnjanotjm@uwec.edu rn
  4. Alexander Martenson
    University-Wisconsin Eau Claire, Department of Kinesiology
  5. Arick Siegmann
    University-Wisconsin Eau Claire, Department of Kinesiology
  6. Anthony Jagielo
    University-Wisconsin Eau Claire, Department of Kinesiology
  7. Andrew Erdmann
    University-Wisconsin Eau Claire, Department of Kinesiology
  8. Matthew Wiggins
    University-Wisconsin Eau Claire, Department of Kinesiology

Abstract

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the dose response-relationship exists between myofascial release (MFR) and anaerobic power output using a self-MFR protocol of varying durations prior to an anaerobic power test. 

Methods: This study included 19 college-aged males (Ht: 180.26 ± 1.50 cm, Wt:  82.57 ± 15.20 kg, Age:  20.58 ± 1.08) from a Midwestern University, all classified as healthy and physically active.  A single blinded, randomised design was utilised where the participants performed a Wingate test following four different pre-exercise conditions: control, 30-sec, 60-sec, and 90-sec of self-MFR.  Participants completed 30-sec Wingate tests following each pre-exercise condition to assess anaerobic power.

Results: No significant differences were found between control, 30-sec, 60-sec and 90-sec in terms of absolute peak power output (1048.40±204.88W, 1050.68±169.11W, 1043.16±186.31W, and 1047.79±195.21W); minimum power output (5.52±0.80W/kg, 5.70±0.97W/kg, 5.49±0.92W/kg, and 5.52±0.66W/kg); average power output (9.03±0.73W/kg, 9.09±0.77W/kg, 9.07±0.69W/kg, and 9.11±0.67W/kg); and percent power drop (56.50±6.23%, 54.96±6.67%, 56.83±6.49%, and 56.43±4.62%). 

Discussion: The main finding of this current study is that MFR targeting the fascia in the lower extremities of active college-aged males will not significantly impact anaerobic power output in a positive or negative manner.  There may be more effective methods to increase anaerobic power output through the use of a warm-up routine other than MFR.

Conclusion: The main finding of this study was that the implementation of MFR for increments of 30, 60, or 90 seconds did not significantly alter the anaerobic power output in healthy, active college-age males. 

Practical Applications: MFR should be avoided as a pre-exercise warm-up where the aim is to increase the body’s performance during exercise. Instead, MFR may be considered for its long-term use to improve fascial health. Time available should be considered when considering using MFR as a warm-up. 

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Article Title

A Dose-Response Relationship Between Myofascial Release & Anaerobic Power Output in Active College-Aged Males

Journal Title

Journal of Fitness Research Volume 5.2

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August 2016

Author Names

Alexander Hansen
Nicholas M Beltz
Jeffrey Janot (Corresponding Author)
Alexander Martenson
Arick Siegmann
Anthony Jagielo
Andrew Erdmann
Matthew Wiggins
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