Does Cupping Therapy Improve Athletic Performance?

>> October 30, 2015

Various strategies have been used by top athletes to accelerate recovery from sternous exercise or training. This includes the active warm up, water immersion (hot, cold, combination), massage, and light pool exercise. The least known, although used quite often in Asia is "cupping therapy".

It is now gaining its popularity with top athletes are seen using it, even in the Olympic level (i.e. Beijing 2008 and London 2012).

Apparently, it create a huge space or gap in the sphere of science and mechanism as research investigating efficacy of cupping therapy as recovery modality are scarce.

Mehta and Dhapte (2015). Cupping therapy: A prudent remedy for a plethora of medical ailments
Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, In Press.

Asian athletes or population in general have been using it for improving the body function, which could lead to an improved physical or sports performance, just like other recovery strategies.

Not like the acupuncture treatment, cupping therapy leaves "red mark" on the affected area which is caused by the vacuum formed from the cupping (bottle). During the treatment, it pulls the air out of the cup which subsequently pulls the skin and tissue muscles upward (see photo). This elevates the blood circulation due to the formation of blood vessel as a result of the pressure being created during the process. This could also lead to an increased supply of oxygen and nutrition to the area.

It is interesting to explore the physiological effects and mechanism underpinning the effective healing or recovery associated with cupping therapy.

In high performance sports, little (marginal) gains mean winner or loser, in other words gold or silver. After all the hard work and dedication, every athletes are seeking the edge to generate advantages.

Cupping therapy is not a non-science strategy for enhancing performance (via recovery), you should consider to formulate a hypothesis and try to prove it.

Actress Gwyneth Pathlow

UPDATE: Cupping trend in Rio Olympics

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ASIAN LEADERS (Men)

100m 9.91 Su Bingtian CHN, Madrid
200m 20.16 Xie Zhenye CHN, Osaka
400m 44.07 Abdalelah Haroun QAT, London
800m 1:45.65 Jinson Johnson IND, Guwahati
1500m 3:34.55 Sadik Mikhou BRN, Paris
5000m 13:01.09 Birhanu Yemataw BRN, Lausanne
10000m 27:38.16 Hassan Chani BRN, Maia
Mar 2:06.11 Yuta Shitara JPN, Tokyo
3000 Sc 8:22.00 Kosei Yamaguchi JPN, Abashiri
110mh 13.36 Ahmad Al-Mouaed KSA, Praha
400mh 46.98 Abderrahman Samba QAT, Paris
HJ 2.40 Mutaz Barshim QAT, Doha
PV 5.71 Xue Changrui CHN, Shanghai
LJ 8.47A Wang Jianan CHN, Guiyang
TJ 17.22 Dong Bin CHN, Eugene OR
SP 20.24 Tejinder Singh IND, Patiala
DT 68.85 Ehsan Hadidi IRI, Chula Vista CA
HT 78.18 Dilshod Nazarov TJK, Chorzow
JT 87.43 Neeraj Chopra IND, Doha
Dec 7948 Keisuke Ushiro JPN, Gotzis
20kmW 1:17:26 Eiki Takahashi JPN, Kobe
50kmW 3:44:25 Hiroki Arai JPN, Taichang
4x100m 37.85 Japan Team JPN, Osaka
4x400m 3:04.05 India Team IND, Gold Coast
RED = World Leader

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ASIAN LEADERS (Women)

100m 10.99 Wei Yongli CHN, Resisprint
200m 22.73 Viktoriya Zyabkina KAZ, Almaty
400m 49.08 Salwa Eid Naser BRN, Monaco
800m 2:02.23 Manal Bahraoui BRN, Duffel
1500m 4:11.55 P.U Chitra IND, Guwahati
5000m 15:10.91 Rina Nabeshima JPN, Eugene OR
10000m 31:52.42 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Yamaguchi
Mar 2:22.44 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Osaka
3000 Sc 9:10.74 Winfred Yavi BRN, Monaco
100mh 13.08 Wu Shuijiao CHN, Shanghai
400mh 55.54 Aminat Odeyemi BRN, Goleniow
HJ 1.91 Nadzehda Dusanova UZB, Tashkent
PV 4.60 Li Ling CHN, London
LJ 6.64A Xu Xiaoling CHN, Guiyang
TJ 14.25 Olga Rypakova KAZ, Paris
SP 20.38A Gong Lijiao CHN, Guiyang
DT 67.03 Chen Yang CHN, Osterode
HT 75.02 Luo Na CHN, Halle
JT 67.69 Lu Huihui CHN, Halle
Hep 5898 Purnima Hembram IND, Guwahati
20kmW 1:26:28 Qieyang Shenjie CHN, La Coruna

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