The effects of cold water immersion on recovery from eccentric exercise in active university males
LE3 .A278 2016
Bachelor of Kinesiology
This study examined the effects of cold water immersion (CWI) on recovery following eccentric exercise. Seventeen (17) active male university students were recruited to perform a baseline testing session that included maximal broad jump, vertical jump , 40 yard sprint and muscular strength and endurance testing on a Biodex dynamometer. After baseline testing all subjects returned 48 hours later and completed an intervention workout consisting of various eccentric plyometric exercises. Following the intervention workout all subjects were randomly divided into a CWI group or control group, the CWI subjects were exposed to a 15 minute CWI intervention or a control group that took part in a 15 minute active recovery protocol. Subjects had their broad jump, vertical jump, 40 yard sprint and muscular strength and endurance restested 48 hours following the intervention eccentric workout. No significant differences were found between the CWI group and the control group. However, there were significant differences found (P<0.05) between subjective variables as the CWI group indicated higher levels of muscle soreness and relaxation for the 48 hour period following the eccentric workout. The current study supports the trend that CWI may not be a signifcant factor in short term anaerobic recovery and that active recovery may be a useful modality to reduce muscle soreness following eccentric exercise.
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