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Effect of Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Sports Performance

Abstract Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has shown benefits beyond its original therapeutic application, though there is a lack of research into these benefits in healthy and athletic populations. To address this gap in the VNS literature, the present study addresses the feasibility and possible efficacy of transcutaneous VNS (tVNS) in improving performance and various biometrics during two athletic tasks: golf tee shots and baseball pitching. Performance, cortical dynamics, anxiety measures, muscle excitation, and heart rate characteristics were assessed before and after stimulation using electroencephalography (EEG), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and electrocardiography (ECG) during the baseball and golf tasks as well as electromyography... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Lindley, Kyle Evan (Author) / Tyler, William J (Advisor) / Wyckoff, Sarah (Committee member) / Buneo, Christopher (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biomedical engineering / Neurosciences / Electrical Stimulation / Neuromodulation / Sports Performance / Vagus Nerve
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 40 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Biomedical Engineering 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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