Authors: Shemeika McCray & Joni M. Boyd, PhD. CSCS*D
Joni M. Boyd, PhD, CSCS*D
216L West Center
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Shemeika McCray is an undergraduate student in the Exercise Science Program at Winthrop University. Dr. Joni Boyd is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Coaching at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.
Perceptions of Dry Needling for Performance & Recovery in NCAA Division I Athletes
The aim of this study was to examine the perceptions of dry needling within NCAA Division I athletes for muscle performance and/or recovery.Seventy-seven NCAA Division I Athletes completed an 15-item online survey sent via e-mail, which included demographics, exposure to dry needling, and perceptions of effectiveness. Those that had no experience of dry needling were asked to rate their perceptions and reasoning for non-exposure. The results indicated that 66% (n=51) of participants did not have experience with dry needling, while 34% (n=26) did have experience with dry needling. Athletes that experienced dry needling reported that dry needling was effective and comfortable for efficient and speedy recovery. They also reported that they would recommend others to use this recovery treatment. Those athletes with non-exposure to dry needling reported that they would rather use other treatments, concerned with pain or bruising from dry needling or was not sure it would work for recovery. These results help to fill current gaps in research on dry needling. Future research could compare treatment protocols for pain management and/or recovery effectiveness.(more…)