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Acupuncture and Sports Medicine
Acupuncture is frequently used as a treatment for acute and chronic sports injury. There is a paucity of large, randomized controlled trials of efficacy. This article reviews the available medical literature of acupuncture treatment in lateral epicondylitis, patellar tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, and osteoarthritis. Studies of lateral epicondylitis suggest that acupuncture is superior to placebo. Inadequate data are available to draw definitive conclusions about the efficacy of acupuncture in the other diagnoses. There is a need for larger controlled trials of acupuncture for most sports medicine musculoskeletal diagnoses.....Read more

Girl RunningEffects of tender point acupuncture on delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) – a pragmatic trial
Acupuncture is used to reduce inflammation and decrease pain in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This study investigates the efficacy of acupuncture on the symptoms of DOMS.....Read more

Research progress in sports fatigue prevented and treated by acupuncture
Acupuncture therapy is able to eliminate free radicals, resist lipid peroxidation, prevent dysfunction of the motor hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis, reduce the creatine kinase content, and lower lactic acid concentration, so as to play an important role in the elimination of sports fatigue and improvement of athletic ability of the body. But, traditional acupuncture therapy will cause minor injury to the human body, it is necessary to popularize the painless acupuncture therapy, and explore the functional mechanism of acupuncture therapy in the treatment and prevention of sport fatigue by multiple channels in the future…..Read more

Sports Injuries and Acupuncture: The Evidence for Effectiveness
This briefing paper summarises the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of sports injuries. With the exception of tennis elbow, which is to be covered in a separate paper, none of the different injuries are covered by more than one or two published studies. Some of these are controlled trials and others uncontrolled and the quality is very variable. Nevertheless, all of the available evidence supports the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating sports injuries…..Read more