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The Science Behind Cupping

Ben Shelton
Ben Shelton

According to Cleveland Clinic, Cupping, an ancient therapeutic technique, has gained popularity among student-athletes due to its potential benefits. This practice involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which is believed to promote healing and alleviate muscle soreness. Famous athletes have been seen with the marks left behind, suggesting their use of cupping. But what is the science behind cupping, and why is it important for student-athletes?

Cleveland Clinic states that the suction created by cupping helps increase blood flow to the treated areas. This enhanced circulation can deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, aiding in their recovery and reducing inflammation. For student-athletes who engage in rigorous training and competitions, cupping can be a tool used to support their performance and prevent serious injuries. 

The National Library of Medicine states that cupping is also thought to stimulate the lymphatic system, which plays a crucial role in removing waste products and toxins from the body. By promoting lymphatic drainage, cupping may help flush out metabolic byproducts that can accumulate during intense physical activity. This detoxifying effect can contribute to faster recovery times and improved overall well-being for student-athletes. 

The National Library of Medicine also states that another aspect of cupping’s benefits lies in its potential to relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility. The suction created by the cups can help loosen tight muscles and fascia, promoting a better range of motion and reducing the risk of strains or sprains. This can be particularly beneficial for student-athletes who need to maintain optimal mobility and flexibility in their respective sports. 

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Beyond its physical benefits, cupping also offers psychological advantages for student-athletes. The relaxation and stress relief induced by cupping can help alleviate anxiety and promote a sense of well-being. By incorporating cupping into their self-care routines, student-athletes can enhance their mental resilience and maintain a healthy mindset, crucial for peak performance. 

Ultimately, cupping has emerged as a valuable practice for student-athletes, backed by both anecdotal evidence and scientific theories. By improving blood circulation, stimulating the lymphatic system, relieving muscle tension, and promoting relaxation, cupping can support the overall well-being and performance of student-athletes. 

If any St. Thomas Aquinas Student Athletes want to get cupping or have any questions regarding cupping, you can contact any athletic trainers via email or after school in the athletic trainers office. 

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