Stretching and deep and superficial massage do not influence blood lactate levels after heavy-intensity cycle exercise

Emiliano Cè, Eloisa Limonta, Martina A. Maggioni, Susanna Rampichini, Arsenio Veicsteinas, Fabio Esposito

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Abstract

The study aimed to assess the role of deep and superficial massage and passive stretching recovery on blood lactate concentration ([La-]) kinetics after a fatiguing exercise compared to active and passive recovery. Nine participants (age 23 ± 1 years; stature 1.76 ± 0.02 m; body mass 74 ± 4 kg) performed on five occasions an 8-min fatiguing exercise at 90% of maximum oxygen uptake, followed by five different 10-min interventions in random order: passive and active recovery, deep and superficial massage and stretching. Interventions were followed by 1 hour of recovery. Throughout each session, maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) of the knee extensor muscles, [La-], cardiorespiratory and metabolic variables were determined. Electromyographic signal (EMG) from the quadriceps muscles was also recorded. At the end of the fatiguing exercise, [La-], MVC, EMG amplitude, and metabolic and cardiorespiratory parameters were similar among conditions. During intervention administration, [La-] was lower and metabolic and cardiorespiratory parameters were higher in active recovery compared to the other modalities (P <0.05). Stretching and deep and superficial massage did not alter [La-] kinetics compared to passive recovery. These findings indicate that the pressure exerted during massage administration and stretching manoeuvres did not play a significant role on post-exercise blood La- levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)856-866
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • cycle exercise
  • EMG
  • fatiguing exercise
  • kinetics
  • recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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