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Author Lin, Z. P.; Lan, L. W.; He, T. Y.; Lin, S. P.; Lin, J. G.; Jang, T. R.; Ho, T. J.
Title Effects of acupuncture stimulation on recovery ability of male elite basketball athletes Type of Study RCT
Year 2009 Publication The American journal of Chinese medicine Abbreviated Journal Am J Chin Med
Volume 37 Issue 3 Pages 471-481
Keywords Athletic Performance; Sports Medicine; RCT; Acu Versus > 1 Control; Acupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Penetrating Sham; Standard Needling Depth; Near Verum Acupoint Control; No Treatment Control; AcuTrials; Athletes; Exercise
Abstract Developing effective methods for helping athletes recover from muscle fatigue is deemed essential, particularly on the eves' important competitions. This study aimed to investigate the effects of acupuncture stimulation on athletes' recovery abilities. Subjects were selected from 30 male elite university basketball players who were randomly assigned to 3 groups: acupuncture group, sham group, and normal (control) group, each containing 10 subjects. Acupuncture was carried out on each athlete in acupuncture group at the Neiguan (PC6) and Zusanli (ST36) acupoints, beginning at 15 min prior to exercise and continuing until exhaustion of the subject. Similar acupuncture was also carried out on each athlete in the sham group but the positions were 1 cm away from the PC6 and ST36 acupoints. No acupuncture was conducted on the athletes in the normal group. During the experiments, each subject performed separate runs on the treadmill. The data of heart rate (HR(max)), oxygen consumption (VO(2max)), and blood lactic acid were measured during the rest period and at 3 recovery points of time (5th, 30th and 60th min) post-exercise. The results showed that the acupuncture group (PC6 and ST36) has significantly lower HR(max), VO(2max) and blood lactic acid than both the sham and normal groups at the 30th min post-exercise. Blood lactic acid of the acupuncture group was also significantly lower than that of the other two groups in the 60th min post-exercise. Our findings have shed some light on the development of effective acupuncture schemes to enhance the recovery ability for elite basketball athletes
Address Department of Holistic Wellness, MingDao University, Taiwan
Language Number of Treatments 1
Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency N/A Number of Participants 30
Time in Treatment N/A Condition Athletic Performance
Disease Category Sports Medicine OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 722
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