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March 09, 2017

Carioca Nabs First Place at West Virginia Sports Medicine Conference

Vitor Carioca, a senior athletic training major at West Virginia Wesleyan College, won first place in the oral presentation category of the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (WVATA) 2017 Annual Sports Medicine Conference, held March 3-4.  The Brazil-native presented his senior research findings on “Effectiveness of Dry Cupping Treatment on Reported Non-Specific Low Back Pain (NSLBP) and Spinal Range of Motion.”

Dry cupping is a method by which suction is created on particular points on the patient’s body.  Suction could be created by using heat to warm the cups so that the cooling air inside the cup creates a vacuum that tugs the skin upwards.  The practice has been around for over 3,000 years and dates as early back as 3000 BC.  It has recently gained publicity due to its use by American sport celebrities including NFL player DeMarcus Ware and Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Michael Phelps.

Carioca presented his findings on Friday, March 3 during the WVATA business meeting.  Competing against three students from the University of Charleston, Carioca was awarded first place for his research.

“I was lucky to have been chosen to present an oral presentation to the WVATA,” stated Carioca.  “Every athletic training student in the state of West Virginia had the opportunity to send their work in.”

Carioca credits his professors at Wesleyan for helping prepare him for this success.

“The entire athletic training staff was an important part of the success of this presentation,” he stated.  “Since the fall, I have been working on my senior research and was granted approval this semester to begin collecting data.

“I have to give a special thanks to Exercise Science Professors Drew Mason, Rae Emrick, Scott Street, and Dan Martin who were open and supportive to the idea of researching an alternative medicine technique in our setting.”

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Cutline: Drew Mason, Wesleyan assistant professor of exercise science and Carioca's advisor, stands with Carioca after his presentation 



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