Vascular occlusion and sequential compression for recovery post resistance exercise Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The purpose of this study was to evaluate vascular occlusion (OCC) and sequential intermittent pneumatic compression (SIPC) as recovery strategies following fatiguing resistance exercise. Twelve strength-trained male participants (24.0 ± 6.3 years, 180.4 ± 9.7 cm and 84.8 ± 9.6 kg) participated in a randomised, cross-over study. Participants performed a fatiguing resistance exercise bout consisting of 10 sets with 10 repetitions of back squats at 70% one repetition maximum with three minutes rest between sets. Outcome measures of perceived recovery status (PRS), muscle soreness, concentric peak isokinetic torque of the quadriceps, squat jump (SJ) height and countermovement jump (CMJ) height were taken prior to the fatiguing resistance exercise bout and repeated immediately post, 1 h and 24 h later. Immediately following the post exercise measures, participants undertook one of three recovery strategies: OCC, SIPC and a passive control (CON). Concentric peak isokinetic torque of the quadriceps was decreased significantly immediately post and 1 h following the fatiguing resistance exercise bout compared to baseline values (P < 0.05). Mean SJ and CMJ jump height decreased significantly immediately post and 1 h compared to baseline measures, but only the SJ was significantly decreased at 24 h. There were no significant differences between conditions for any of the post-exercise measures (P > 0.05). In conclusion, the current study indicates OCC and SIPC are not effective for attenuating muscle performanceloss after a fatiguing resistance exercise bout relative to passive recovery.

publication date

  • 2016