Toshio Ohshiro (1), Katsumi Sasaki (2), Shouhei Yasuda (2), Shunji Fujii (3), Takafumi Ohshiro (3), Takeo Touno (4), Shigeru Matsumoto (4)
1) Japan Medical Laser Laboratory , 2) Oshiro Clinic, 3) Keio University Dept. of Plast. and Reconst. Surgery, 4) Nihon Sport Science University.
The Journal of Laser Therapy MILLENNIUM EDITION • VOLUMES 12 & 13
Sumo Wrestling is the only national endorsed sport in Japan. Professional Sumo Wrestlers belong to the Nihon Sumo Kyokai (Japan Sumo Wrestling Association). Sumo Wrestling meets bimonthly, 6 times a year. Each Sumo sessions has 15 days where the Wrestlers must wrestle for 15 consecutive days against 15 different opponents. This national sport is popular and there are many Sumo Wrestling Teams for all ages. The strongest person from these teams are recruited to the Nihon Sumo Kyokai and become professional. Most Sumo Wrestlers have some symptoms such a pain due to prior injuries and their hard training. We recently had the opportunity to perform Laser Therapy on 6 Sumo Wrestlers who were complaining of various symptoms. We would like to explain about the removal of those symptoms by LLLT, and how Laser therapy affected their performance. All 6 performed better both subjectively and objectively while their symptoms were alleviated by Laser and their winning rate increased following treatment. We will discuss major and common injuries associated with Sumo Wrestling and the treatment thereof. We would like to comment on treatment methodology and statistical analysis.