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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2018 Jan 04

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.07737-X


language: English

Effectiveness evaluation of whole-body electromyostimulation as a post-exercise recovery method

Miguel A. DE LA CAMARA 1 , Ana I. PARDOS 2, Óscar L. VEIGA 1

1 Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Movement, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University Autonomous of Madrid, Madrid, Spain; 2 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Henares University Hospital, San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, Spain


BACKGROUND: Whole-body electromyostimulation (WB-EMS) devices are now being used in health and sports training, although there are few studies investigating their benefits. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of WB-EMS as a post-exercise recovery method, and compare it with other methods like active and passive recovery.
METHODS: The study included nine trained men (age = 21 ± 1years, height = 1.77 ± 0.4 m, mass = 62 ± 7 kg). Three trials were performed in three different sessions, 1 week apart. Each trial, the participants completed the same exercise protocol and a different recovery method each time. A repeated measures design was used to check the basal reestablishing on several physiological variables [lactate, heart rate, percentage of tissue hemoglobin saturation, temperature, and neuromuscular fatigue] and to evaluate the quality of recovery. The non-parametric Wilcoxon and Friedman ANOVA tests were used to examine the differences between recovery methods.
RESULTS: The results showed no differences between methods in the physiological and psychological variables analyzed. Although, the blood lactate concentration showed borderline statistical significance between methods (P = 0.050). Likewise, WB-EMS failed to recover baseline blood lactate concentration (P = 0.021) and percentage of tissue hemoglobin saturation (P = 0.023), in contrast to the other two methods.
CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that WB-EMS is not a good recovery method because the power of reestablishing of several physiological and psychological parameters is not superior to other recovery methods like active and passive recovery.

KEY WORDS: Muscle fatigue - Electric stimulation - Lactates blood - Physical exertion

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Article first published online: January 4, 2018
Manuscript accepted: January 2, 2018
Manuscript revised: December 1, 2017
Manuscript received: April 27, 2017

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De La Cámara MA, Pardos AI, Veiga ÓL. Effectiveness evaluation of whole-body electromyostimulation as a post-exercise recovery method. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2018 Jan 04. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.07737-X

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