From the Editor-in-Chief . . .
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