The use of upper-body intermittent, sequential pneumatic compression arm-sleeves on recovery from exercise in wheelchair athletes Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE:The aim of the current study was to investigate the efficacy of an upper-body intermittent sequential pneumatic compression (ISPC) device on recovery after wheelchair team sport activity. DESIGN:Eleven well-trained wheelchair basketball and rugby athletes (8 male, 3 female, mean ± SD age = 33 ± 10 years) performed a series of performance measures pre-exercise, post-exercise and post-recovery (grip strength, pressure-to-pain threshold (PPT), medicine ball throw, wheelchair sprints, repeated sprints). Subjective muscle soreness and fatigue measurements were taken at the same time points as performance tests, with an additional 24 hours post-recovery measure. Participants completed two recovery trials, separated by one week, of either passive recovery (CON) or 20 minutes of wearing recovery arm-sleeves (ISPC) applied to both arms. RESULTS:No statistically significant differences were found between trials for any of the performance or perceptual measures (p > 0.05). However, effect size analysis revealed a moderate decrease (d = -0.67) from post-exercise to post-recovery for muscle fatigue in favour of IPSC. A large decrease (d = -0.96) in muscle soreness was also found post-exercise to 24 hours post-recovery in favour of ISPC over CON. CONCLUSION:ISPC may provide some benefit for perceptual recovery measures immediately following and 24 hours after high intensity wheelchair activity with negligible effects on performance-recovery.

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  • 2020