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Phys Sportsmed. 2016;44(1):74-8. doi: 10.1080/00913847.2016.1102033. Epub 2015 Oct 29.

Evidence-based post-exercise recovery strategies in basketball.

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a Laboratory of Analysis of Sport Performance, Sport and Physical Education Department, Faculty of Sport Sciences , University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz , Spain.
b Regional Unit of Sport Medicine-Avilés City-Council Foundation, Functional Biology Department , University of Oviedo , Asturias , Spain.
c ImFINE Research Group, Department of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (INEF) , Technical University of Madrid , Madrid , Spain.
d Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud , Universidad Isabel I , , España.
e Department of Sport and Health Sciences , Oxford Brookes University , Oxford , UK.
f Faculty of Kinesiology , University of Zagreb , Zagreb , Croatia.
g Sport and Physical Education Department, Faculty of Sport Sciences , University of Leon , León , Spain.
h Complex Systems in Sports Research Group, National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Lleida , Lleida , Spain.
i Exercise Physiology Laboratory , Center for Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences , Belgrade , Serbia.


Basketball can be described as a moderate-to-long duration exercise including repeated bouts of high-intensity activity interspersed with periods of low to moderate active recovery or passive rest. A match is characterized by repeated explosive activities, such as sprints, jumps, shuffles and rapid changes in direction. In top-level modern basketball, players are frequently required to play consecutive matches with limited time to recover. To ensure adequate recovery after any basketball activity (i.e., match or training), it is necessary to know the type of fatigue induced and, if possible, its underlying mechanisms. Despite limited scientific evidence to support their effectiveness in facilitating optimal recovery, certain recovery strategies are commonly utilized in basketball. It is particularly important to optimize recovery because players spend a much greater proportion of their time recovering than they do in training. Therefore, the main aim of this report is to facilitate useful information that may lead to practical application, based on the scientific evidence and applied knowledge specifically in basketball.


Basketball; Ergogenic aids; Fatigue; Hydration; Nutrition; Recovery

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