Custom fitted compression garments enhance recovery from muscle damage in rugby players

Myers, Tony D., Brown, Freddy, Jeffries, Owen, Gissane, Conor, Howatson, Glyn, van Someren, Ken, Pedlar, Charles and Hill, Jessica Amie (2020) Custom fitted compression garments enhance recovery from muscle damage in rugby players. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 36 (1). pp. 212-219. ISSN 1533-4287

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PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of custom fitted compression garments (CG) on recovery from muscle damage in rugby players. METHODS: Forty-five players were tested for lower body strength, power, and indices of muscle-damage before completing a damaging protocol (20 x 20 m sprints with 5 m deceleration, 100 drop-jumps). Players were randomly assigned to wear either custom fitted (CF, n = 13), or standard sized CG (SSG, n = 16), or to received sham ultrasound therapy (CON, n = 16) immediately post-exercise. Players were re-tested immediately, then after 24 h and 48 h. RESULTS: Strength recovery was significantly different between groups (F = 2.7, p = 0.02), with only CF recovering to baseline values by 48 h (p = 0.973). Time x condition effects were also apparent for creatine kinase activity (χ = 30.4, p < 0.001) and mid-thigh girth (F = 3.7, p = 0.005), with faster recovery apparent in CF compared to both CON and SSG (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Custom fitted CG improved strength recovery and indices of muscle damage in rugby players, compared to controls and standard sized garments. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: Athletes and coaches would be advised to use appropriately fitted CG to enhance strength recovery following damaging exercise.

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Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of an article accepted for publication in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The final published version is available at
Divisions: Faculty of of Arts, Society and Professional Studies > Department of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Hazel Barham
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2019 15:41
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2021 09:52

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