Title page for ETD etd-06232004-162858

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Burnside, John Frederick
Author's Email Address jburns5@lsu.edu
URN etd-06232004-162858
Title Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: Effect on Strength and Range of Motion
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Kinesiology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michael Welsch Committee Chair
Arnold Nelson Committee Member
Dennis Landin Committee Member
  • strength
  • soft tissue
  • instrument assisted
  • range of motion
Date of Defense 2004-06-07
Availability unrestricted
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine strength changes in the knee measured throughout full range of motion following Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

METHODS: 13 subjects underwent pre-screening for existing soft tissue lesions. Subjects performed multiple angle isometric strength testing at the knee (15, 45, 60, 90, 115 of knee flexion) prior to beginning a 4-week resistance training protocol. Subjects performed knee extension/flexion exercises (2x15) 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Following the training period, subjects were post tested using the same protocol as used in the pre-test.

DATA ANALYSIS: A paired sample t-test was used to determine the difference in isometric peak torque between the control knee and treatment knee. A (2x5) ANOVA was used to compare each angle of isometric force for both knee flexion and extension in the control knee vs. the treatment knee.

RESULTS: Improvements in strength were significant for knee extension in both legs following the 4-week resistance training protocol. No difference was observed between the two legs at each of the 5 angles examined. No significant change in range of motion was observed.

CONCLUSION: Instrument Assisted Soft Mobilization has no effect on ROM and strength changes for healthy subjects, who have no prior history of knee or thigh injury. Its success is documented for therapeutic purposes, but more research is needed in regards to its use for a healthy population.

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