The perceived effects of compression garments on recovery in rugby players
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The high Physical demands and rigorous training/competition schedule of University rugby players requires a rapid rate of recovery, both physiologically and psychologically to ensure maximum levels of performance. Compression garments have been suggested to increase the perceived rate of recovery in untrained individuals. The aim of this study was to investigate whether compression garments when worn for 48 hours following eccentric exercise increased the perceived rate of recovery in highly trained rugby players. 20 subjects were randomly assigned to either the garment group or the control group and each had to perform 3 sets of 20 repetitions of squat exercise, with the garment group wearing compression garments for 48 hours after and the control group carrying out normal passive recovery. Levels of perceived muscle soreness were measured at 6, 12, 24 and 48 hour intervals using a visual analogue scale (VAS). Eccentric exercise was shown to provoke exercise induced muscle damage (EIMD) which increased in proportion with time up to 48 hours (r=0.980) (P<0.05). Compression garments were shown to have a significant effect on recovery after 48 hours, with mean perceived muscle pain scores considerably lower than those measured in the control group after 48 hours, although scores after 6 and 12 hours showed no significant difference. These results suggest that compression garments when worn during recovery in rugby players reduces perceived muscle pain and thus reducing perceived rate of recovery.
BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition
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