|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this investigation was to observe the effect two different length cold water
immersion protocols had upon performance variables and recovery from exercise induced
muscle damage. The study aimed to add information to help identify an optimal immersion
protocol to facilitate the recovery process.
Quantitative methods were utilised to attain data relative to the aim of the study. 11
university level rugby players were subjected to performance tests at baseline.
Performance variables consisted of countermovement jump height and isometric strength
measures of knee extensor, knee flexor and hip extensor muscle groups. Participants
completed a high volume squat protocol producing muscular damage symptoms. Subjects
were randomly assigned into one of three recovery groups. Group one received a single
15 minute cold water immersion, group two received five cyclical two minute immersions
and the third group acted as a control group. Participants were re-tested at 24 and 48
hours post exercise.
Statistical analysis of the data displayed that both cold water immersion protocols had no
significant effect (P > 0.05) on any of the performance variables when compared to the
control group. Concluding that cold water immersion protocols used in this study were
ineffective at aiding recovery from exercise induced fatigue and restoring pre-exercise
Future research should focus on identifying an optimal cold water immersion protocol
based on data collected from physiological, psychological and performance variables. This
would comprehensively assess and justify the use of cold water immersion as an effective
post-exercise recovery modality.||en_US