Acupuncture in Adolescent Football Players


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 17-003475
    NCT ID: NCT03478800
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 17-003475

About this study

Is it feasible to perform acupuncture in the training field after sport performance in adolescent football players? Does acupuncture provide a decrease in muscle soreness and improvement in overall sense of well-being in the adolescent football population?

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria

  1. Male or female members of the two local high school football teams
  2. Age 13-18 years
  3. No current musculoskeletal injuries
  4. Generally healthy individuals who plan to complete the season barring injury or other unexpected events

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Acupuncture treatment within the past year
  2. Known active musculoskeletal injury or condition, immunocompromised state, prosthetic heart valve, pregnancy or known history of bleeding disorder

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Edward Laskowski, M.D.

Closed-enrolling by invitation

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Not open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria, but only those invited to participate by the study team.

Contact information:

Marianne Luetmer M.D.


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