Potentiation and Recovery Following Low- and High-Speed Isokinetic Contractions in Boys

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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  • 1 National Center of Medicine and Science in Sports (CNMSS)
  • 2 University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • 3 The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • 4 Memorial University of Newfoundland
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The objective of this study was to examine the response and recovery to a single set of maximal, low and high angular velocity isokinetic leg extension-flexion contractions with boys. Sixteen boys (11–14 yrs) performed 10 isokinetic contractions at 60°.s−1 (Isok60) and 300°.s−1 (Isok300). Three contractions at both velocities, blood lactate and ratings of perceived exertion were monitored pretest and at 2, 3, 4, and 5 min of recovery (RI). Participants were tested in a random counterbalanced order for each velocity and recovery period. Only a single contraction velocity (300°.s−1 or 60°.s−1) was tested during recovery at each session to remove confounding influences between the recovery intervals. Recovery results showed no change in quadriceps’ power at 300°.s−1, quadriceps’ power, work and torque at 60°.s−1 and hamstrings’ power and work with 60°.s−1. There was an increase during the 2 min RI in hamstrings’ power, work and torque and quadriceps’

Chaouachi, Haddad, Kaouech, and Chamari are with the Tunisian Research Laboratory, Sports Performance Optimization, National Center of Medicine and Science in Sports (CNMSS), Tunis, Tunisia. Castagna is with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. Wong is with the Dept. of Health and Physical Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China. Behm is with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.