A study at the University of Virginia on the effect of a five-minute sports massage on intramuscular swelling and pain showed limited benefits. “Effects of Sport [sic] Massage on Limb Girth and Discomfort Associated with Eccentric Exercise” focused on the triceps surae muscles after an eccentric exercise session designed to induce delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

The full research report of  “Too-Short Sports Massage Not Effective for Delayed-Onset Calf Muscle Soreness,” ran in the print edition of MASSAGE Magazine’s June 2006 issue.