Aqua cycling does not affect recovery of performance, damage markers and sensation of pain

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To examine the effects of aqua-cycling (AC) vs. passive-recovery (P) on performance, markers of muscle damage, delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), and the persons perceived physical state (PEPS) after 300 counter movement jumps (CMJ).20 male participants completed 300 CMJ. Afterwards, they were randomly assigned to either the P-group or the AC-group, the latter performing 30 min of AC. Before, directly after the 300 CMJ, after the recovery session, and up to 72h post, performance of leg extensor muscles, damage markers, the PEPS and DOMS were measured.Jumping height during 300 CMJ significantly decreased in both groups (AC: 13.4% & P: 14.6%). Maximal isometric strength (AC: 21% & P: 22%) and dynamic fatigue test (AC: 35% & P: 39%) of leg extensor muscles showed significant decreases in both groups. Myoglobin, creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase significantly increased over time in both groups. Each of the four dimensions of the PEPS and DOMS showed significant changes over time. However, no significant differences between both groups were found for any of the parameters.Coaches and athletes should be aware that vertical jumping-induced fatigue decreases the ability to generate maximal isometric and sub-maximal dynamic force for more than 3 days after training. A single 30min session of AC was not able to attenuate the effects on muscular performance, markers of muscle damage, DOMS or the PEPS compared to passive rest.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The Official Research Journal of the NSCA
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)162–170
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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