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Medicina dello Sport 2012 June;65(2):155-65

language: English, Italian

Effect of different recovery modalities on anaerobic power in off-road cyclists

Bielik V.

Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia


Aim. The aim of this paper was to study the effects of passive recovery (PR), sport massage (SM) and active recovery (AR) on recovery of peak (PP) and mean power (MP).
Methods. Eleven junior off-road cyclists performed warm up on the cycle ergometer followed by 3 bouts of WAnT interspersed with 4 min rest. After 20 min of PR, SM or AR subjects performed fourth WAnT in random order one week apart.
Results. There was no significant difference in PP between PR and SM (875.5±56.2 vs. 921.6±50.8 W) but significant difference between PR and AR (875.5±56.2 vs. 970.2±68.9 W; P<0.05). Significant differences were also found for MP between PR and AR (678.4±45.2 vs. 746.1±47.0 W; P<0.05) but not for PR and SM (678.4±45.2 vs. 714.6±32.8 W). Blood lactate concentration after intervention was significantly different only between trials with PR and AR (13.3±2.9 vs. 7.4±3.9 mmol·L-1; P<0.01) and between SM and AR (14.6±3.0 vs. 7.4±3.9 mmol·L-1; P<0.01).
Conclusion. In this study AR presents better modality in reducing blood lactate or renewal PP and MP than PR and SM.

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