Ischemic preconditioning and acute recovery of performance in rugby union players

Garcia, Cintia A., Ribeiro da Mota, Gustavo, Leicht, Anthony, and Marocolo, Moacir (2017) Ischemic preconditioning and acute recovery of performance in rugby union players. Sports Medicine International Open, 1 (3). pp. 107-112.

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Abstract

Ischemic preconditioning has been used as a training and/or pre-competition strategy; however its use for post-exercise recovery is still unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of ischemic preconditioning on performance and recovery ratings following a simulated match in sub-elite rugby players. Following baseline measures, male players (n = 8) performed a 40 min, rugby-specific exercise protocol followed by an intervention: 21 min of ischemic preconditioning (3 × 5 min occlusion at 220 mmHg with 2 min reperfusion at 0 mmHg) or passive rest (control) on 2 separate days. An agility T-test, a single vertical countermovement jump and 30 s of continuous vertical jumps were performed at baseline (–24 h), immediately after exercise, and immediately after the intervention. The rugby-specific exercise protocol induced similar mean heartrates (158.3 ± 18.0 vs. 158.7 ± 16.0 bpm) and perceived exertion levels (8.2 ± 0.9 vs. 8.0 ± 1.0) for both trials with all recovery performance measures and rating of recovery (13.9 ± 1.4 vs. 13.6 ± 1.6) similar between ischemic preconditioning and control trials (best p = 0.385). We conclude that the use of ischemic preconditioning does not improve recovery acutely (~1 h) including specific variables related to rugby performance in amateur rugby union players.

Item ID: 49493
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2367-1890
Keywords: ischemia, reperfusion, team sports, athletes
Funders: State funding Agency of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)
Projects and Grants: FAPEMIG process ETC-00183-16
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 05:55
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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