The Effects of Contrast With Compression Therapy on Muscle Recovery Post Exercise

Ryan Oakley, University of Rhode Island


This study investigated the effect of combing contrast with compression therapy as a post exercise recovery modality. Previous research indicates that contrast and compression alone can potentially enhance recovery but the combination of the two is yet to be explored. Ten recreationally trained males between 18 and 35 were recruited (years 21.25 ± 2.12; height 182.1 ± 8.5 cm; weight 88.04 ± 19.49 kg) in a randomized control trial with a repeated measure (within subject) crossover design. The conditions were randomly assigned by dominant/non-dominant arm and contrast with compression (CwC) or control (CON) in which one arm was used for each condition. Participants completed 30 eccentric elbow flexor repetitions and were subsequently tested at six timepoints (pre, immediate post, 1 h, 24 h, 48 h, and 72 h) for power, strength, swelling, range of motion (ROM), and perceived soreness. The CwC condition received treatment after post testing, at 24 h and 48 h; the CON condition did not receive any treatment. CwC resulted significantly improved recovery in power, strength, and swelling (p ? 0.05). However, no difference was seen in ROM and perceived soreness. Conclusion: CwC can be used as a post exercise recovery technique to improve muscular performance and reduce swelling in recreationally trained individuals.

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Ryan Oakley, "The Effects of Contrast With Compression Therapy on Muscle Recovery Post Exercise" (2019). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI13812843.