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of more than 15 minutes that showed unclear or negligible effects. With regard to the type of athletic performance leading to fatigue, massage therapy was most beneficial for mixed exercise and demonstrated only negligible effects for strength or endurance exercise. Interestingly, massage was more beneficial for untrained subjects compared to trained athletes. This review is limited to the information found in the included studies and, therefore, cannot provide a full perspective on the literature in this field. Other limitations of this study include the mix of athletic events, massage durations, and massage types. Combining the results of these varied articles should be interpreted with caution. Finally, the results of many outcome measures were combined, including upper- and lower-body strength measures, jump ability, and endurance timing. Pooling of these measures may not be appropriate. CONCLUSION Overall, it appears that 5–12 minutes of postevent massage may be beneficial for exercise recovery, especially in individuals who have limited athletic training and who are participating in mixed forms of exercise. However, more research is needed. Notes 1. M. D. Hoffman et al., "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Massage and Pneumatic Compression for Ultramarathon Recovery," The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 46, no. 5 (May 2016): 320–6. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2016.6455. 2. W. Poppendieck et al., "Massage and Performance Recovery: A Meta-Analytical Review," Sports Medicine 46, no. 2 (February 2016): 183–204. doi: 10.1007/s40279-015-0420-x. Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, PhD, MPH, LMT, is an educator at the National University of Health Sciences and president of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Contact her at jcambron@nuhs.edu. C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 49 "Embodying Presence and Loving Kindness" Body Mastery Workshops in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois Immersion Retreat in Thailand Nov. 2017 Online Courses & Instructional Videos: ► East Meets West Massage Series ► Table Thai Yoga Massage Series ► Healing Moves Self-Care Series ► And, Free Tips, Techniques, & Meditations HeathAndNicole.com

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