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Immediate effects of acupuncture on strength performance: a randomized, controlled crossover trial

Overview of attention for article published in European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, May 2010
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Title
Immediate effects of acupuncture on strength performance: a randomized, controlled crossover trial
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European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, May 2010
DOI 10.1007/s00421-010-1510-y
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Markus Hübscher, Lutz Vogt, Thomas Ziebart, Winfried Banzer

Abstract

The present study investigated the immediate efficacy of acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture and placebo laser acupuncture on strength performance. A total of 33 recreational athletes (25.2 +/- 2.8 years; 13 women) were randomized to receive acupuncture, sham acupuncture (needling at non-acupuncture points) and placebo laser acupuncture (deactivated laser device) in a double-blind crossover fashion with 1 week between trials. Assessment included bipedal drop jumps for maximum rebound height and quadriceps maximum isometric voluntary force (MIVF). Furthermore, surface electromyography (EMG) was used to measure the EMG activity of the rectus femoris muscle during a 30-s sustained MIVF of the knee extensors. Mean power frequency (MPF) analysis was applied to characterize muscular endurance. Measurements were performed at baseline and immediately after treatment by a blinded investigator. Repeated measures ANOVA and post hoc paired-sample t test with Bonferroni-Holm correction were used for statistical analysis. The difference in the mean change in MIVF from baseline between acupuncture (46.6 N) and sham laser acupuncture (19.6 N) was statistically significant (p < 0.05), but no significant difference was found between acupuncture (46.6 N) and sham acupuncture (28.8 N). ANOVA did not show statistically significant treatment effects for drop jump height or MPF. The present study shows that a single acupuncture treatment was efficacious for improving isometric quadriceps strength in recreational athletes. These results might have implications not only for athletic performance enhancement, but also for rehabilitation programs aimed at restoring neuromuscular function.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 2 2%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Italy 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Norway 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
Unknown 86 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 22%
Researcher 13 14%
Student > Bachelor 13 14%
Other 10 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 11%
Other 27 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 44 47%
Sports and Recreations 15 16%
Unspecified 13 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 6%
Other 10 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 22. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 April 2019.
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