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Myofascial release strategies and technique recommendations for athletic performance: A systematic review

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Systematic Review

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Fascial

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2023 Oct:36:30-37. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.04.085. Epub 2023 May 10.

Authors:

Maria Elisa Duarte França, Mayane Dos Santos Amorim, Larissa Sinhorim, Gilmar Moraes Santos, Iramar Baptistella do Nascimento

Abstract.

Objective: To identify the effects of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) and foam roller self-myofascial release (FRSMR) strategies and verify their results in athletic performance. Method: Systematic review conducted in four databases from 2017. The inclusion criteria were randomized controlled trials assessing the effects of two forms of soft tissue mobilization on athletes' performance. The risk of bias was analyzed using the Cochrane Handbook scale. Results: Ten studies were included for qualitative analysis. IASTM increased range of motion, knee joint kinetic force, peak torque, and angular velocity in dorsiflexion and plantar flexion. The technique increases isometric strength and isokinetic power in vertical jumping. FRSMR was relevant in counter movement jumping between the pre- and post-intervention conditions, mainly by increasing strength in the initial jumping phase. Conclusions: IASTM should be used in sports preparation to improve muscle response and explosive force production. FRSMR increases flexibility as it tends to restore tissue elasticity, but it does not improve aerobic activity. The suggested time for strategy intervention is at least 90 s per muscle group. Keywords: Athletic performance; Fascia; Musculoskeletal manipulations; Tissue adhesions.

Publication Date: 

2023 Oct

OEID: 

7208

França, DEM., Amorim, SDM., Sinhorim, L., Santos, MG., Nascimento, dBI. (2023) 'Myofascial release strategies and technique recommendations for athletic performance: A systematic review', J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2023 Oct:36:30-37. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.04.085. Epub 2023 May 10.

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