An increase in plasma creatine kinase (CK) and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs after eccentric resistance exercises and downhill running. This study investigated the effect of a 20-minute leg massage on DOMS and CK after a ten-mile run. Creatine kinase levels and DOMS were assessed in ten female runners 31.1 ? 8.68 years of age.
Two hours post-run, the experimental group received a 2-hour massage while the control group rested. Blood samples were taken and perceived muscle soreness was assessed immediately pre-run, immediately post-run, immediately post-treatment, and 24 hours post-treatment.
There was no significant difference in CK levels between the control group and massage group. The control group experienced a significantly higher mean DOMS perception (2.65) than the massage group (0.965) (P<0.05). A 2-hour massage, 2 hours post-10-mile run does not reduce CK levels but may have an effect on perceived muscle soreness