Effects of a compression garment on shoulder external rotation force outputs during isotonic contractions

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Date: Feb. 2013
Publisher: National Strength and Conditioning Association
Document Type: Author abstract; Report
Length: 246 words

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The use of compression garments (CGs) has been advocated for performance enhancement and recovery in athletes. The effect of a CG on humeral rotation motor control has not been previously tested. The purpose of this study was to examine the isotonic contraction of external rotation (ER) of the glenohumeral joint at different force outputs to determine the effect of wearing a long sleeve CG on muscular performance. Twelve male college tennis players and 12 male college soccer players were tested for ER of the dominant shoulder during both concentric and eccentric isotonic contractions. The subjects performed 5 consecutive repetitions of both concentric and eccentric ER at 20-30% and 40-50% of maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVlC) intensities. All subjects were tested with and without CG as well as with and without ongoing visual feedback information (OVFI). The order of CG wearing and the presence of OVFI were randomly assigned across all subjects. The results indicated a significant 3-way interaction between CG wearing and OVFI across 2 loads. Specifically, significantly different mean value of the completion time was found between OVFI and no-OVFI without CG wearing at 40-50% of MVIC, whereas no difference in the completion time was found with and without OVFI with CG wearing. Taken together, with CG wearing, athletes may have ER at 4050% of MVIC more readily maintained by peripheral feedback without visuomotor control imposed on force outputs as compared without CG wearing. KEY WORDS compression garment, external rotation, shoulder, power output, motor control

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A320068275