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Clinical Trial

Human Sports Performance Improvement using Integrative Medicine - Pilot Study

Lead Investigator: Edward G. Dudley-Robey, M.D.(MA), I.M.D., FAAIM - Integrative Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine - Lawrence S. Glass, D.O., FACOFP

Oriental Medicine - Sunny S. Kim, Ph.D.,OMD, LAc

Chiropractic Medicine - Thomas Iwashita, D.C., Dave Halverson D.C.

Naturopathic Medicine - Hon. Benjamin Zvenia, DrPH, NMD, JD

Clinical Trial Group

Background - To run the first, true Integrative Medicine clinical trial in human performance & sports medicine. This trial used physicians from 5 different areas of medicine. They consisted of Integrative Medicine, Oriental Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine. With the current state of sports (congressional hearings on steroids etc..) it was the hope of the research team is to prove a non-pharmacological way for athletes to gain the performance improvements they desire while using safe, proven modalities. All of the research team volunteered their time and work to this endeavor, in order to avoid any possible conflicts of interest. Also, Dongguk Royal University of Los Angeles, California donated the facility and supplies for the trial. The trial was held on April 25th, 2004. 

Hypothesis - That the use of Acupuncture and Chiropractic modalities can improve sports performance in athletes.

Trial Method - Upon entering the trial participants were given a physical exam to ensure pre-study health status by Lawrence S. Glass, D.O., FACOFP . Athletes will then have baseline measurements taken for ROM, grip strength and vertical leap by Hon. Benjamin Zvenia, DrPH, NMD, JD. Upon completion of the first two areas participants will be split into 3 different groups: Acupuncture treatment only by Sunny S. Kim, Ph.D.,OMD, LAc , Chiropractic treatment only by Thomas Iwashita, D.C., Dave Halverson D.C.  or both Acupuncture and Chiropractic modalities. All Acupuncture and Chiropractic modalities will be standard reproducible techniques. No experimental or nonstandard modalities were used. Upon completion of the treatment(s) the athlete will again have measurements taken for ROM, grip strength and vertical leap. Overall supervision for the trial was by Edward G. Dudley-Robey, M.D.(MA), I.M.D., FAAIM.

Evaluation Method - The pre and post-treatment measurements for ROM, grip strength and vertical leap will be used to evaluate the results. Also a written subjective questionnaire was given to study participants by Edward G. Dudley-Robey, M.D.(MA), I.M.D., FAAIM. . The results of this clinical trial have been certified by the Hon. Benjamin Zvenia, DrPH, NMD, JD.

Results (Objective Data)-

Sex Age Grip Strength Vertical Leap ROM
Pt. 1 - View data and chart (PDF)
M 25 R-45 / L-42   Kg 8’11” Shoulders bilateral full 360 degree Ad & Abduction 180 degree L & R
Post-results R-100 / L-80 Kg 8’11” Same as above, no change ROM
Pt. 2 - View data and chart (PDF)
M 32 R-32 / L-28   Kg 9’4” Shoulders bilateral full 360 degree Ad & Abduction   L-158° & R-176°
Post-results R-34 / L-36 Kg 9’5½” Post test change ROM same but Ad & Abduction L-178° & R-180°
Pt. 3 - View data and chart (PDF)
F 30 R-30 / L-32   Kg 8’4½” Shoulders bilateral full 360 degree Ad & Abduction 180 degree L & R
Post-results R-35 / L-36 Kg 8’5” Same as above, no change ROM
Pt. 4 - View data and chart (PDF)
M 29 R-24 / L-28   Kg 8’3½” Shoulders bilateral full 360 degree Ad & Abduction 180 degree L & R
Post-results R-28 / L-32 Kg 8’5” Same as above, no change ROM
Pt.5 - View data and chart (PDF)
F 35 R-22 / L-18   Kg 7’4’’ Shoulders bilateral full 360 degree Ad & Abduction 180 degree L & R
Post-results R-22 / L-18 Kg 7’6” Same as above, no change ROM

Results (Subjective Data)-

1. Do you feel you gained performance? : Y / N (where / how):
Answer Received: 5/5 answered yes

2. Do you feel your health benefited? : Y / N (where / how):
Answer Received: 5/5 answered yes

3. Would you use these types of treatments again? : Y / N (for what use):
Answer Received: 5/5 answered yes

4. Would you recommend these types of treatments to a friend or family member? : Y / N (which / why):
Answer Received: 5/5 answered yes

There were four athletes and one random person.   Four different racial demographics were covered. Ages ranged from 29 to 35 with both male and female test subjects. All subjects based upon testing had positive results with utilization of standard Acupuncture & Chiropractic procedures.   Delineation of results seen in graphs and narrative. No side effects to treatments were noted.

Conclusions -   The trial despite its small sampling was able to produce dramatic results in human performance improvement. All of the test subjects showed performance improvement. A larger study with more modalities should be conducted. However this gives healthcare practitioners an answer to the ever present question of "what can be done to improve my performance without drugs".

Author Bio: Edward G. Dudley-Robey, M.D.(MA), I.M.D., FAAIM  An expert in Integrative Medicine and licensed Naturopathic Physician. Board Certified in naturopathic Sports Medicine and a former professional basketball player, researcher, author and clinical reviewer for several publishers who is credited with inventing and copyrighting the first computerized Director of Staff Development system. As a Fellow and member of the Executive Advisory Board of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, he is dedicated to improving the quality of health care for his patients through the use of integrative medicine, leadership, education and healthcare law.

 


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