The effects of recovery interventions on consecutive days of intermittent sprint exercise

Monique Pointon, Rob Duffield

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    The purpose of this study was to compare four recovery interventions following simulated team sport, intermittent-sprint exercise on consecutive days. Ten female netball players performed four randomized sessions of a simulated netball exercise circuit on consecutive days. Each condition consisted of two identical sessions(Session 1 and 2), with the recovery intervention implemented at the completion of Session 1. Participants performed all interventions involving: passive recovery, active recovery (ACT),cold water immersion (CWI) and contrast water therapy(CTWT). No significant differences (p . 0.05) were evident between conditions for exercise performance (vertical jump,20-m sprint, 10-m sprint, total circuit time) during Session 2.Effect size data indicated trends for an ameliorated decline in5 3 20-m sprints and vertical jump for CTWT and CWI,respectively. CTWT demonstrated a significant reduction (p =0.04) in lactate post-intervention compared to ACT recovery.Further, ACT recovery resulted in a significantly elevated (p ,0.01) heart rate compared to all other conditions postintervention and demonstrated significantly higher (p , 0.01) rating of perceived exertion postintervention and muscle soreness preexercise Session 2. It is likely that while interventions may be applicable to team sport practices, the 24-hour recovery period between exercise bouts was sufficient to allow performance to be maintained, regardless of recovery interventions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1795-1802
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


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