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A Systematic Dry-Needling Treatment to Support Recovery Posttraining for Division I Ice Hockey Athletes: An Exploration Case Series

J Athl Train. 2022 Aug 1;57(8):788-794. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-0096.21.


CONTEXT: For this case series, 4 student-athletes (age range = 20-22 years) participating in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I ice hockey served as cases. They were free of injury and participated in all team activities without restrictions.

TREATMENT: A dry needling (DN) lower extremity recovery protocol was completed for all athletes during a single session. To administer the DN recovery treatment, we placed static needles in specific bilateral locations that consisted of 5 points on both the anterior and posterior aspects of the lower extremity and lumbopelvic complex. The Acute Recovery Stress Scale was used to evaluate the effect of the DN recovery treatment on each athlete’s perception of recovery at 24 and 48 hours post-DN treatment.

RESULTS: Overall, total and average scores of Acute Recovery Stress Scale for all cases were closer to baseline at 48 hours post-DN than at the other time points.

CONCLUSIONS: Recovery techniques historically have been used postactivity because even normal training loads, which are considered positive, produce stress and fatigue in athletes and can lead to injury. Results from this case series suggest that ice hockey athletes who are experiencing postexercise stress, such as soreness and fatigue, may benefit from a lower extremity DN recovery treatment protocol.

PMID:36356615 | DOI:10.4085/1062-6050-0096.21


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