Date of Award
Master of Arts
Human Performance and Health Education
Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Jody Brylinsky
Masters Thesis-Open Access
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.
Schlumbohm, "Perception of the Treatment Efficacy of Therapeutic Magnets on Pain Control of Exercise Induced Muscle Soreness in the Non-Dominant Wrist and Forearm in High School Athletes" (2003). Master's Theses. 4614.