The Effect of a Periodized Contrast Water Therapy Protocol on Muscle Recovery Following a Bout of High Volume Resistance Training: Pilot Study

Hough, Paul and Plowman, Piers (2016) The Effect of a Periodized Contrast Water Therapy Protocol on Muscle Recovery Following a Bout of High Volume Resistance Training: Pilot Study. In: European College of Sport Science, July 2016, Vienna.

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Abstract

Contrast water therapy (CWT) has become a common post exercise recovery strategy among athletes to alleviate the delayed onset of muscle soreness and promote recovery. During CWT athletes alternate between cold and hot water immersion after a strenuous exercise bout. CWT can induce rapid changes intra-muscular hydrostatic pressure, which may alter blood flow in immersed musculature and improve the removal of metabolic waste products. However, a number of authors have concluded that further investigation of CWT is required to discover the optimal cold:hot ratio, temperature, duration and frequency practice (Vaile et al., 2008). The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of a periodized CWT approach, whereby the ratio of cold:hot water exposure was modified between sessions by systematically increasing hot and decreasing cold exposure durations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: 500 Natural sciences & mathematics > 571 Physiology & related subjects
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Paul Hough
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 08:10
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 08:10
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497

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