EFFECT OF WATER IMMERSION RECOVERY COMBINED WITH MASSAGE AFTER EXERCISE ON LACTIC ACID IN THE BLOOD.
The purpose of the present study was comparing the effects of post-exercise recovery methods on lactic acid in the blood. Thirty rugby football players aged between 18-22 years were Simple Random Sampling into two subgroups. In each of the two different groups: 1.) cold-water immersion group (CWI) 2) cold-water combined with a total of 30 massages (CWIM). Resting heart rate and blood lactate were recorded throughout the testing sessions. Recovery after exercise in both groups with the method of cold-water immersion was a significant decline in blood lactic acid and heart rate with a statistical level of 0.001. There was a significant decline in blood lactic acid and heart rate after CWI compared with CWIM with a statistical level of 0.001. These findings indicate that CWIM is useful in blood lactic acid and heart rate, and this performance benefit is associated with athlete recovery.