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Practical Active and Passive Recovery Strategies for Soccer Players

Rey, Ezequiel, PhD1; Padrón-Cabo, Alexis, MSc1; Barcala-Furelos, Roberto, PhD1; Casamichana, David, PhD2; Romo-Pérez, Vicente, PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 45–57
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000247
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ABSTRACT AS A RESULT OF TRAINING AND COMPETITION LOAD IN SOCCER, THE MAJORITY OF THE BODY'S PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS ARE STRESSED. TO ACCELERATE THE RECOVERY PROCESS AND ENHANCE PERFORMANCE IN SOCCER, DIFFERENT POSTEXERCISE RECOVERY MODES HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED AND ARE BROADLY CLASSIFIED INTO 2 CATEGORIES: ACTIVE RECOVERY OR PASSIVE RECOVERY. DESPITE THE POPULARITY, THERE IS A LACK OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR THE VALIDITY OF THESE RECOVERY INTERVENTIONS. THIS REVIEW SUMMARIZES THE EVIDENCE BASE FOR USING ACTIVE RECOVERY, COLD WATER IMMERSION, WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION, NEUROMUSCULAR ELECTRICAL STIMULATION, AND COMPRESSION GARMENTS, AS EXERCISE RECOVERY AIDS IN SOCCER, AND WHERE POSSIBLE, PROVIDES PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING USAGE.

1Faculty of Education and Sports Sciences, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain; and

2Department of Health and Food, European University of the Atlantic, Santander, Spain

Address correspondence to Dr. Ezequiel Rey, zequirey@uvigo.es.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Ezequiel Reyis a professor and researcher in the Faculty of Education and Sports Sciences at University of Vigo.

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Alexis Padrón-Cabois a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education and Sports Sciences at University of Vigo.

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Roberto Barcala-Furelosis a professor and head of research group REMOSS in the Faculty of Education and Sports Sciences at University of Vigo.

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David Casamichanais a professor and research in the Department of Health and Food at European University of the Atlantic, and the Fitness Trainer of the Real Racing Club de Santander, Santander, Spain.

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Vicente Romo-Pérezis a professor and dean of the Faculty of Education and Sport Sciences at University of Vigo.

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