Custom fitted compression garments enhance recovery from muscle damage in rugby players

Brown, Freddy, Jeffries, Owen, Gissane, Conor, Howatson, Glyn, van Someren, Ken, Pedlar, Charles, Meyers, Tony and Hill, Jessica (2019) Custom fitted compression garments enhance recovery from muscle damage in rugby players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. ISSN 1064-8011 (In Press)

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of custom fitted compression garments (CG) on recovery from muscle damage in rugby players. METHODS: Forty-five players were tested for lower body strength, power, and indices of muscle-damage before completing a damaging protocol (20 x 20 m sprints with 5 m deceleration, 100 drop-jumps). Players were randomly assigned to wear either custom fitted (CF, n = 13), or standard sized CG (SSG, n = 16), or to received sham ultrasound therapy (CON, n = 16) immediately post-exercise. Players were re-tested immediately, then after 24 h and 48 h. RESULTS: Strength recovery was significantly different between groups (F = 2.7, p = 0.02), with only CF recovering to baseline values by 48 h (p = 0.973). Time x condition effects were also apparent for creatine kinase activity (χ2 = 30.4, p < 0.001) and mid-thigh girth (F = 3.7, p = 0.005), with faster recovery apparent in CF compared to both CON and SSG (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Custom fitted CG improved strength recovery and indices of muscle damage in rugby players, compared to controls and standard sized garments. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: Athletes and coaches would be advised to use appropriately fitted CG to enhance strength recovery following damaging exercise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: recovery, strength, athlete, muscle damage
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2019 15:25
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40623

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