An investigation of the effects of massage on quadriceps performance after exercise fatigue

Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1995 Aug;1(4):99-102. doi: 10.1016/s1353-6117(05)80048-4.


Thirteen males and 7 females completed their maximum number of leg extensions against a half maximum load. In a randomised, crossover study they were exercised to fatigue using an ergonometer, ski-squats and leg extensions followed either by a 6 min massage or rest after which they again completed their maximum number of leg extensions against half maximum load. The process was repeated a few days later with the alternative condition (rest or massage). The results showed that massage after exercise fatigue significantly improved quadriceps performance compared to rest (p = 0.001). The data was further analysed in relation to age and gender.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg
  • Male
  • Massage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Fatigue*
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Physical Exertion
  • Sex Factors