International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences Vol. 8(2), pp. 63 - 68
DOI: 10.13189/saj.2020.080203
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The Effects of Tissue Flossing on Perceived Knee Pain and Jump Performance: A Pilot Study


García-Luna Marco A. , Cortell-Tormo Juan M. *, González-Martínez Julián , García-Jaén Miguel
Area of Physical Education and Sport, University of Alicante, Spain

ABSTRACT

Background: Tissue compression and partial vascular occlusion using band flossing results in reperfusion of blood to the muscle tissue that may ultimately reduce joint pain and increase range of motion, enhancing prevention from or rehabilitation of injury. However, the extent of research examining the effect of tissue flossing in an athletic setting is currently very limited, and the effects of band flossing on knee pain and jump performance have not yet been investigated and remain unclear. Purpose: To investigate the effect of band flossing on perceived knee pain and vertical jump performance in recreational athletes with knee pain. Methods: Five young male recreational athletes with previously reported knee pain took part in this study (age 22±0.5; height 184±6.8cm; weight 79±1.5kg; BMI 23.34±1.2 kg/m2). Participants performed a number of tests pre and post intervention, with the application of a floss band on the knee joint. The experimental protocol consisted in the performance of countermovement jump (CMJ) tests (without occlusion, with occlusion, and after occlusion). Pre and Post intervention measures included a perceived knee pain -by visual analogue scale (VAS)- and CMJ performance -by force platform-. Results: The application of flossing bands in knee joint resulted in enhancements in all test measures pre to post intervention (10% jump height; 4.5% time in the air; 5% jump velocity; 13% jump power; 7.5% jump force). Participants reported a 3.5-point pain enhancement in AVS during performance of CMJ tests. Conclusion: Flossing bands caused a reduction in perceived knee pain and improved vertical jump performance in young male recreational athletes.

KEYWORDS
Floss Bands, Vascular Occlusion, Joint Pain, Countermovement Jump, Patellofemoral

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] García-Luna Marco A. , Cortell-Tormo Juan M. , González-Martínez Julián , García-Jaén Miguel , "The Effects of Tissue Flossing on Perceived Knee Pain and Jump Performance: A Pilot Study," International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 63 - 68, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2020.080203.

(b). APA Format:
García-Luna Marco A. , Cortell-Tormo Juan M. , González-Martínez Julián , García-Jaén Miguel (2020). The Effects of Tissue Flossing on Perceived Knee Pain and Jump Performance: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 8(2), 63 - 68. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2020.080203.