To assess the efficacy of a 1-off electrostimulation treatment as a recovery modality from acute teamsport exercise, directly comparing the benefits to contrast water therapy.
Ten moderately trained male athletes completed a simulated team-game circuit (STGC). At the conclusion of exercise, participants then completed a 30-min recovery modality of either electrostimulation therapy (EST), contrast water therapy (CWT), or a passive resting control condition (CON). Twenty-four hours later, participants were required to complete a modified STGC as a measure of next-day performance. Venous blood samples were collected preexercise and 3 and 24 h postexercise. Blood samples were analyzed for circulating levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and C-reactive protein (CRP).
The EST trial resulted in significantly faster sprint times during the 24-h postrecovery than with CON (P < .05), with no significant differences recorded between EST and CWT or between CWT and CON (P > .05). There were no differences in IL-6 or CRP across all trials. Finally, the perception of recovery was significantly greater in the EST trial than in the CWT and CON (P < .05).
These results suggest that a 1-off treatment with EST may be beneficial to perceptual recovery, which may enhance next-day performance.
Finberg, Braham, and Peeling are with the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia. Goodman is with the Western Australian Inst of Sport, Mt Claremont, WA, Australia. Gregory is with Ascend Physiotherapy, Mt Claremont, WA, Australia.