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 (2020) 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

To evaluate the effects of custom-fitted compression garments (CG) on recovery from muscle damage in rugby players. Forty-five players were tested for lower-body strength, power, and indices of muscle damage before completing a damaging protocol (20 × 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 receive sham ultrasound therapy (CON, n = 16) immediately after exercise. Players were retested immediately, then after 24 and 48 hours. Strength recovery was significantly different between groups (F = 2.7, p = 0.02), with only CF recovering to baseline values by 48 hours (p = 0.973). Time × condition effects were also apparent for creatine kinase activity (χ2 = 30.4, p < 0.001) and midthigh girth (F = 3.7, p = 0.005), with faster recovery apparent in CF compared with both CON and SSG (p < 0.05). Custom-fitted CG improved strength recovery and indices of muscle damage in rugby players, compared with controls and standard-sized garments. Athletes and coaches would be advised to use appropriately fitted CG to enhance strength recovery after damaging exercise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: strength, athlete, rugby
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: 06 May 2020 09:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40623

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