Are baths the key to Recovery?

13th January, 2014
By Townsville

class="p1"> WHAT'S the best way to recover after a hard-core workout without riddling your body with aches and pains?

A James Cook University researcher is trying to find the answer to this question by comparing different methods used by athletes after exercising, such as ice water baths and jogging.

Taking a plunge in an ice water bath is a common practice among many elite athletes as a way to recover faster and reduce muscle pain and soreness after intense training sessions or competitions.

Some athletes use and contrast water therapy, alternating between cold and warmer water to gain the same effect.

JCU sport and exercise science PhD student Fiona Crowther is hoping to recruit about 40 young male athletes to test this theory by putting them through their paces.

"We'll do a few basic tests such as sprintability, vertical jumps and flexibility,'' she said.

"Then they'll do a fatiguing exercise for me outside, and then they'll either hop into either pools or contrast water immersion.

"After they've sat in there for about 15 minutes, then they'll hop back out and we'll do the tests again."

Subjects will then return to be monitored by Mrs Crowther 24-48 hours later to test the effect of each method upon their bodies.

Volunteers suitable to participate in the study need to be healthy males aged 18-40 who are involved in aerobic exercise such as cycling, jogging, walking or team sports such as oz tag, touch football or ­basketball.

The study will take place over a six-week block, and participants will need to attend the lab at JCU three times each week.

Those who complete the study will be rewarded with a $50 Rebel Sport gift card.

For more information, contact Fiona Crowther at Fiona_952@hotmail.com.

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