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February 15, 2019 - Volume 4 - Issue 4

  • Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM
  • 2379-2868
  • 2379-2868
  • Twice each month


Brilla and associates provide a very practical study on the differences in recovery position for athletes. We all have commonly observed athletes after strenuous efforts assume various positions while trying to recover after exertion. The jogger or walker may not experience high intensity exercise and recovery after exercise is minimal due to modest levels of exertion. Not so for the competitive athlete who may be required to perform repeated bouts of near maximal or maximal exercise in the course of a competitive event. Although many recovery positions can be seen in a variety of individuals, the two most common may be to observe the hands on the head or hands on the knees. Are either of these beneficial and is one preferred compared to the other? This article uses a randomized, counterbalanced design to test recovery positions in the attempt to discover if there is a posture for recovery that is superior and would potentially aid an athlete engaged in repetitive strenuous activity and perhaps conveying a competitive advantage.

The Translational Journal of The American College of Sports Medicine welcomes original research, reviews, commentary and policy that provide information intended to take research findings into practice. 

Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM