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Effect of water immersion methods on post-exercise recovery from simulated team sport exercise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18547863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to compare the efficacy of hot/cold contrast water immersion (CWI), cold-water immersion (COLD) and no recovery treatment (control) as post-exercise recovery methods following exhaustive simulated team sports exercise. Repeated sprint ability, strength, muscle soreness and inflammatory markers were measured across the 48-h post-exercise period. Eleven male team-sport athletes completed three 3-day testing trials, each separated by 2 weeks. On day 1, baseline measures of performance (10 m x 20 m sprints and isometric strength of quadriceps, hamstrings and hip flexors) were recorded. Participants then performed 80 min of simulated team sports exercise followed by a 20-m shuttle run test to exhaustion. Upon completion of the exercise, and 24h later, participants performed one of the post-exercise recovery procedures for 15 min. At 48 h post-exercise, the performance tests were repeated. Blood samples and muscle soreness ratings were taken before and immediately after post-exercise, and at 24h and 48 h post-exercise. In comparison to the control and CWI treatments, COLD resulted in significantly lower (p<0.05) muscle soreness ratings, as well as in reduced decrements to isometric leg extension and flexion strength in the 48-h post-exercise period. COLD also facilitated a more rapid return to baseline repeated sprint performances. The only benefit of CWI over control was a significant reduction in muscle soreness 24h post-exercise. This study demonstrated that COLD following exhaustive simulated team sports exercise offers greater recovery benefits than CWI or control treatments.
Jeremy Ingram; Brian Dawson; Carmel Goodman; Karen Wallman; John Beilby
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2008-06-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1440-2440     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sci Med Sport     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-05     Completed Date:  2009-08-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9812598     Medline TA:  J Sci Med Sport     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
The University of Western Australia, Human Movement and Exercise Science, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
C-Reactive Protein / analysis
Cold Temperature*
Creatine Kinase / blood
Exercise / physiology*
Exercise Test
Hot Temperature*
Isometric Contraction / physiology
Muscle Strength / physiology
Muscle, Skeletal / physiopathology
Pain / physiopathology,  rehabilitation
Physical Exertion / physiology
Recovery of Function / physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
9007-41-4/C-Reactive Protein; EC Kinase

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