Jill Lucas, PhD
Sean Collins, PhD
Price Blair, PhD
Effective warm-up routines result in a reduction in muscle soreness post-exercise, a lessened risk of injury, and an enhanced performance output ability. Existing research has shown promising effects of muscle tissue flossing, a novel method of warming up in which a latex band is used to apply pressure to a specific area in the body. The purpose of this study was to determine how active college students respond to flossing applied to both a joint as well as soft tissue in the lower extremities, focusing on the ankle joint and calf muscle. Floss bands were applied bilaterally for each of two visits and remained there for a total of two minutes. Subjects walked around to regain blood flow before completing each of the three outcome tests. Twenty minutes post- treatment, each of the three outcome tests were repeated. Subjects (n=7, 86% female) conducted tests on power (vertical countermovement jump test), range of motion (weight-bearing lunge test), and balance (dynamic leap and balance test) that were compared between the two flossing treatment sites. There was no significant difference in performance between the immediate post-treatment and the 20-minute post-treatment. The treatment sites were equally effective, but significant differences were found for the vertical jump immediately following removal of the floss bands in favor of the ankle site (0.439+0.040) over the calf site (0.419+0.039, p=<0.001). In conclusion, active college students responded equally to floss band application in a joint and soft tissue area in the lower extremities.
Bray, Emily, "The Effect of Joint Versus Soft Tissue Flossing on Overall Performance in the Lower Extremities" (2023). Undergraduate Theses and Capstone Projects. 291.