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The effects of topical Arnica on performance, pain and muscle damage after intense eccentric exercise.
Eur J Sport Sci. 2014; 14(3):294-300.EJ

Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine if topical Arnica is effective in reducing pain, indicators of inflammation and muscle damage, and in turn improve performance in well-trained males experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Twenty well-trained males matched by maximal oxygen uptake (V̇O2 Max) completed a double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial. Topical Arnica was applied to the skin superficial to the quadriceps and gastrocnemius muscles immediately after a downhill running protocol designed to induce DOMS. Topical Arnica was reapplied every 4 waking hours for the duration of the study. Performance measures (peak torque, countermovement and squat jump), pain assessments (visual analogue scale (VAS) and muscle tenderness) and blood analysis (interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6, tumour necrosis factor-alpha, C-reactive protein, myoglobin and creatine kinase) were assessed at seven time points over five days (pre-, post-, 4, 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours after the downhill run). Participants in the topical Arnica group reported less pain as assessed through muscle tenderness and VAS 72 hours post-exercise. The application of topical Arnica did not affect any performance assessments or markers of muscle damage or inflammation. Topical Arnica used immediately after intense eccentric exercise and for the following 96 hours did not have an effect on performance or blood markers. It did however demonstrate the possibility of providing pain relief three days post-eccentric exercise.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a National Institute of Sport Studies , University of Canberra , Canberra , Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23947690

Citation

Pumpa, Kate L., et al. "The Effects of Topical Arnica On Performance, Pain and Muscle Damage After Intense Eccentric Exercise." European Journal of Sport Science, vol. 14, no. 3, 2014, pp. 294-300.
Pumpa KL, Fallon KE, Bensoussan A, et al. The effects of topical Arnica on performance, pain and muscle damage after intense eccentric exercise. Eur J Sport Sci. 2014;14(3):294-300.
Pumpa, K. L., Fallon, K. E., Bensoussan, A., & Papalia, S. (2014). The effects of topical Arnica on performance, pain and muscle damage after intense eccentric exercise. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(3), 294-300. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2013.829126
Pumpa KL, et al. The Effects of Topical Arnica On Performance, Pain and Muscle Damage After Intense Eccentric Exercise. Eur J Sport Sci. 2014;14(3):294-300. PubMed PMID: 23947690.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The effects of topical Arnica on performance, pain and muscle damage after intense eccentric exercise. AU - Pumpa,Kate L, AU - Fallon,Kieran E, AU - Bensoussan,Alan, AU - Papalia,Shona, Y1 - 2013/08/16/ PY - 2013/8/17/entrez PY - 2013/8/21/pubmed PY - 2014/12/18/medline SP - 294 EP - 300 JF - European journal of sport science JO - Eur J Sport Sci VL - 14 IS - 3 N2 - The aim of the study was to determine if topical Arnica is effective in reducing pain, indicators of inflammation and muscle damage, and in turn improve performance in well-trained males experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Twenty well-trained males matched by maximal oxygen uptake (V̇O2 Max) completed a double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial. Topical Arnica was applied to the skin superficial to the quadriceps and gastrocnemius muscles immediately after a downhill running protocol designed to induce DOMS. Topical Arnica was reapplied every 4 waking hours for the duration of the study. Performance measures (peak torque, countermovement and squat jump), pain assessments (visual analogue scale (VAS) and muscle tenderness) and blood analysis (interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6, tumour necrosis factor-alpha, C-reactive protein, myoglobin and creatine kinase) were assessed at seven time points over five days (pre-, post-, 4, 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours after the downhill run). Participants in the topical Arnica group reported less pain as assessed through muscle tenderness and VAS 72 hours post-exercise. The application of topical Arnica did not affect any performance assessments or markers of muscle damage or inflammation. Topical Arnica used immediately after intense eccentric exercise and for the following 96 hours did not have an effect on performance or blood markers. It did however demonstrate the possibility of providing pain relief three days post-eccentric exercise. SN - 1536-7290 UR - https://wwww.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23947690/The_effects_of_topical_Arnica_on_performance_pain_and_muscle_damage_after_intense_eccentric_exercise_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17461391.2013.829126 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -