A comparison of custom made compression tights against no recovery and an active cool down after an exhaustive training protocol.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: Recovery is an important factor in relation to training, and the most commonly used is that of an active cool down. Recovery specific compression tights give athletes a more convenient alternative to massages or ice baths. Previous research has given different results in terms of the physiological and psychological benefits of wearing recovery specific compression tights. Aim: The aim of the study was to see if recovery specific compression tights improved the subjects’ broad jump distance, Pro-Agility test times and perceived soreness scores more compared to an active cool down and no recovery modalities. Method: Thirteen members of the men’s Swedish National Field Hockey team took park in the study. The intervention consisted of a yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 2 (YYIRTL2) and a bout of plyometric strength training. Lactate values were taken at baseline, following the YYIRTL2 and the following morning. Broad jump distance and Pro-Agility test times were taken at baseline, following the intervention and the following morning. Perceived soreness scores were taken following the intervention and the following morning. The three recovery modalities used were; recovery specific compression tights, an active cool down and no recovery. Results: Broad jump distance decreased between post intervention and the following morning for the cool down (p=0.04) and no recovery (p=0.042) modalities. A decrease in Pro-Agility time was found between post intervention and morning Pro-Agility time for cool down modality (p=0.004). Perceived soreness for tights (p=0.002) and cool down modality (p=0.008) were lower in the morning than directly after the intervention. Perceived soreness was lower in the morning for tights (0.005) when compared to cool down (p=0.33) and no recovery (p=0.23). Conclusion: Study shows that recovery specific compression tights improve perceived soreness scores in the recovery from high intensity training the morning after. Broad jump distances improved, but the data interpretation is complicated by a low attendance. There was no benefit found to decrease Pro-agility sprint time.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sport and Fitness Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32075DiVA: diva2:973914
Subject / course
Biomedicine Targeting Physical Education