Influence of recovery strategies upon performance and perceptions following fatiguing exercise: a randomized controlled trial

Crowther, Fiona, Sealey, Rebecca, Crowe, Melissa, Edwards, Andrew, and Halson, Shona (2017) Influence of recovery strategies upon performance and perceptions following fatiguing exercise: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 9. 25.

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Abstract

Background: Despite debate regarding their effectiveness, many different post-exercise recovery strategies are used by athletes. This study compared five post-exercise recovery strategies (cold water immersion, contrast water immersion, active recovery, a combined cold water immersion and active recovery and a control condition) to determine which is most effective for subsequent short-term performance and perceived recovery.

Methods: Thirty-four recreationally active males undertook a simulated team-game fatiguing circuit followed by the above recovery strategies (randomized, 1 per week). Prior to the fatiguing exercise, and at 1, 24 and 48 h post-exercise, perceptual, flexibility and performance measures were assessed.

Results: Contrast water immersion significantly enhanced perceptual recovery 1 h after fatiguing exercise in comparison to active and control recovery strategies. Cold water immersion and the combined recovery produced detrimental jump power performance at 1 h compared to the control and active recovery strategies. No recovery strategy was different to the control at 24 and 48 h for either perceptual or performance variables.

Conclusion: For short term perceptual recovery, contrast water therapy should be implemented and for short-term countermovement power performance an active or control recovery is desirable. At 24 and 48 h, no superior recovery strategy was detected.

Item ID: 52016
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2052-1847
Keywords: recovery, sports science, performance
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Funders: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 04:24
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