t has previously been demonstrated that physiolog- ical mechanisms are involved in muscle pain and fatigue, as the nociceptive afferents of the fascial system are able to modulate the afferent response of the central nervous system. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate a sample of volley- ball players, and investigate whether osteopathic treatment of the lower limb muscle groups improved the explosive force of the limbs, whilst reducing spasms and tension, releasing tissue strain and correcting posture. A randomized control study was performed to evaluate 57 athletes who underwent fascial manipulative treatment to assess if such treatment affected the muscle strength of the lower limbs. The treatment group demonstrated a statistically signi cant improvement in the squatting jump test (P<0.0001) and in the counter movement jump test (P<0.0001). Furthermore, the control group did not exhibit any improvement in the squatting jump test (P<0.56) or in the counter movement jump test (P<0.32). The results suggested that correction of the fascial system required a minimum time of 30 days in order to obtain an improvement of fascial mechanics and sports performance. Therefore, use Correspondence to: Dr Andrea Buscemi, Department of Research, Center Studies of Osteopathy, Via Vecchia Ognina 141H, I-95129 Catania, Italy E-mail: email@example.com Dr Marinella Coco, Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 89, I-95123 Catania, Italy E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Abbreviations: FTG, fascial treatment group; CG, control group; PFT, protocol of osteopathic fascial techniques; FT, flight time; SJ, squatting jump; CMJ, counter movement jump Key words: Ergojump, fascial treatment, explosive strength, volleyball athletes of a fascial protocol during athletic training will help improve the balance of the bands and, as a direct consequence, improve the ef ciency of the musculoskeletal system, thereby reducing the risk of injury. It would therefore be advisable to perform osteopathic treatment techniques every two months during an athletic season to maintain the balance of the fascial system and obtain the most ef cient results.
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