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The Efficacy of a Multimodal Recovery Strategy Implemented After a High-Intensity Rugby League Training Session.

Aben, H. G. J., Hills, S. P., Higgins, D., Cooke, C. B., Davis, D., Jones, B. and Russell, M., 2023. The Efficacy of a Multimodal Recovery Strategy Implemented After a High-Intensity Rugby League Training Session. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 37 (8), 1634-1642.

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DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000004450


The efficacy of a multimodal recovery strategy implemented within 4 hours of rugby league (RL) training was investigated using repeated-measures, randomized, crossover methods in 10 professional academy RL players (age: 17 ± 1 years). Following standardized training (5,383 m covered, 350-m high-speed running, 28 repeated high-intensity efforts, 24 collisions), players completed a multimodal recovery (REC) strategy (i.e., ∼640 kcal meal + ∼1,285 kcal snacks or drinks, cold-water immersion, sleep hygiene recommendations) or control (i.e., ∼640 kcal meal: CONT) practices. Isometric mid-thigh pulls (IMTP), countermovement jumps (CMJ), and wellness questionnaires were completed before (-3 hours) and after (+24, +48 hours) training. The recovery strategy influenced IMTP peak force (p = 0.026), but between-trial differences were undetectable. No other between-trial effects (all p > 0.05) were seen for IMTP, CMJ, or wellness variables. Training-induced reductions in CMJ peak power (-4 ± 6% vs baseline: 4,878 ± 642 W) at +24 hours (p = 0.016) dissipated by +48 hours. Fatigue and lower-body soreness reduced by 16 ± 19% (p = 0.01) and 32 ± 44% (p = 0.024) at +48 hours versus +24 hours, respectively. Relative to CONT (i.e., posttraining nutrition), the effects of a single bout of recovery practices appeared limited when implemented after RL-specific training. Therefore, when training included limited collisions, balanced postexercise meals appeared equally effective relative to a multimodal recovery strategy. Transient changes in performance and wellness variables after training may have implications for practitioners. Consecutive training sessions, including a high frequency and intensity of eccentric muscle actions, should be carefully planned, especially near match-play.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:monitoring; neuromuscular; wellness; team sport; intervention
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:38326
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:06 Mar 2023 16:23
Last Modified:23 May 2024 09:12


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