Author

Melanie Sfara

Date of Award

4-2013

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

First Advisor

Dennis Dolny

Abstract

Background: Acupuncture is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine. It has been used to treat both chronic and acute injuries and illnesses for many centuries. Recently, it is being evaluated for an influence on human performance.

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of acupuncture on both musculoskeletal injuries and athletic performance.

Methods: Published literature was reviewed based on certain inclusion criteria. Thirty total articles were included in this study.

Results: Acupuncture seems to be effective in pain reduction. However, this may not be long term. Increases in exercise capacity and decreased heart rates were also seen with acupuncture treatment.

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