Why percussive massage therapy does not improve recovery after a water rescue? A preliminary study with lifeguards
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/3579
EDITED VERSION: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/10/4/693
UNESCO SUBJECT: 2411 Fisiología Humana ; 3212 Salud Pública ; 3213.11 Fisioterapia
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of percussive massage therapy (PMT) on lifeguards’ recovery after a water rescue, in comparison with passive recovery. Methods: A quasi-experimental crossover design was conducted to compare passive recovery (PR) and a PMT protocol. A total of 14 volunteer lifeguards performed a simulated 100 m water rescue and perceived fatigue and blood lactate were measured as recovery variables after the rescue and after the 8-min recovery process. Results: There were no differences between PMT and PR in lactate clearance (p > 0.05), finding in both modalities a small but not significant decrease in blood lactate. In perceived fatigue, both methods decreased this variable significantly (p < 0.001), with no significant differences between them (p > 0.05). Conclusions: PMT does not enhance recovery after a water rescue, in comparison with staying passive. Despite PMT appearing to be adequate for recovery in other efforts, it is not recommended for lifeguards’ recovery after a water rescue.
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