Water Immersion: Does It Enhance Recovery From Exercise?

in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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Purpose:

To assess the effect that post exercise immersion in water has on subsequent exercise performance.

Methods:

A literary search and review of water-immersion and performance studies was conducted.

Results:

Seven articles were examined. In 2, significant benefits to performance were observed. Those 2 articles revealed a small to large effect on jump performance and isometric strength.

Practical Application and Conclusions:

It is possible that water immersion might improve recovery from plyometric or muscle-damaging exercise. Such a statement needs to be verified, however, because of the scarcity of research on water immersion as a recovery strategy.

Wilcock and Cronin are with the Institute of Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand, Division of Sport and Recreation, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Cronin is also with the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University, 100 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, Perth, WA, 6027, Australia. Hing is with the School of Physiotherapy, Division of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.