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The Effects of Recovery Interventions on Consecutive Days of Intermittent Sprint Exercise

King, Monique; Duffield, Rob

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: September 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 6 - pp 1795-1802
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b3f81f
Original Research

King, M and Duffield, R. The effects of recovery interventions on consecutive days of intermittent sprint exercise. J Strength Cond Res 23(6): 1795-1802, 2009-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 in 5 × 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 pre-exercise 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.

Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories, School of Human Movement Studies, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

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