Author

Schlumbohm

Date of Award

8-2003

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Human Performance and Health Education

Department

Health, Physical Education & Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Miller

Second Advisor

Dr. Jody Brylinsky

Third Advisor

Gayle Thompson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to determine if patient perceptions had a significant influence on the perceived success of therapeutic magnets. Volunteer subjects included 33 (14=Female, 19=Male) high school athletes. The subjects were divided into a control group and two treatment groups. Treatment group 1 received Nikken-Kenko Magnetic Promo Pad (2.15"x 3.23") and treatment group 2 received a placebo magnet. Treatment groups underwent an exercise induced muscle soreness protocol for the non-dominant wrist. The test groups completed a pain questionnaire every 12 hours for 96 hours. A post-test questionnaire was administered to the test groups at the conclusion of the study to assess the athletes' perceptions of the magnets. No significance was found between treatment groups when comparing strength, range of motion, and pain perception. However, on a post-test questionnaire, subjects reported the therapeutic magnets were effective in decreasing pain associated with delayed onset muscle soreness. In conclusion, the subjects participating in this study felt therapeutic magnets were effective without substantial physiological evidence to support the claims.

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