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Br J Sports Med. 2006 Mar;40(3):260-3.

Effectiveness of post-match recovery strategies in rugby players.

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Waikato Institute of Technology, School of Sport and Exercise Science, Hamilton, New Zealand. nicholas.gill@wintec.ac.nz

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the effectiveness of four interventions on the rate and magnitude of muscle damage recovery, as measured by creatine kinase (CK).

METHODS:

23 elite male rugby players were monitored transdermally before, immediately after, 36 hours after, and 84 hours after competitive rugby matches. Players were randomly assigned to complete one of four post-match strategies: contrast water therapy (CWT), compression garment (GAR), low intensity active exercise (ACT), and passive recovery (PAS).

RESULTS:

Significant increases in CK activity in transdermal exudate were observed as a result of the rugby match (p<0.01). The magnitude of recovery in the PAS intervention was significantly worse than in the ACT, CWT, and GAR interventions at the 36 and 84 hour time points (p<0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

An enhanced rate and magnitude of recovery was observed in the ACT, CWT, and GAR treatment groups when compared with the PAS group. Low impact exercise immediately post-competition, wearing compression garments, or carrying out contrast water therapy enhanced CK clearance more than passive recovery in young male athletes.

PMID:
16505085
PMCID:
PMC2491972
DOI:
10.1136/bjsm.2005.022483
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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