Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs in athletes often after a strenuous
workout. For this study, two post-exercise treatments were used to see the effectiveness in
reducing DOMS. The two treatments were foam rolling and water immersion. Participants
initially consisted of 30 (15 participants in each group) student- athletes at a Division II
University in the Midwest. Student-athletes completed a strenuous workout and received a postexercise
treatment immediately after. Athletes then completed a survey 48 hours later in which
they identified their area of soreness and rated their soreness on a scale of 0-10 (0 being no
soreness to 10 being extremely sore). Twenty-six (12 in foam rolling and 14 in water
immersion) completed the survey for a total of 4 times over a 2-week span. Data showed that
DOMS significantly decreased in both post-exercise treatments groups and the effectiveness was
not different in two groups. Thus, this experiment demonstrated that both post-exercise
treatments are equally effective in reducing DOMS in athletes. Further research may help
determine which post-exercise treatment is the most effective over a longer period of time.
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Fechtelkotter, Kiel W.
Post-Exercise Treatments to Reduce Delayed-onset Muscle Soreness of Collegiate Student Athletes.
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