Effects of active recovery on lactate concentration, heart rate and RPE in climbing

Draper, N., Bird, E. L., Coleman, I. and Hodgson, C. I. (2006) Effects of active recovery on lactate concentration, heart rate and RPE in climbing. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 5 (1). pp. 97-105. ISSN 1303-2968

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The performance advantage of active rather than passive recovery during subsequent trials for repeated high intensity short-term exercise is well documented. Research findings suggest that shorter periods of active recovery, than traditionally employed, can be prescribed and still retain performance benefits over passive recoveries in successive exercise trials. The aim of this study was to examine the benefits of a short duration active recovery for repeat climbing trials. Ten recreational climbers volunteered for the study. In this randomly assigned crossover study each climber completed five two-minute climbing trails before a two minute active or passive recovery. This was followed by a one and a half minute passive refocusing period for all climbers before the subsequent climbing trial. Heart rate was monitored
continuously, RPE immediately post climbing and fingertip capillary blood samples collected during each refocusing phase. There was a non-significant difference between active and passive recoveries for heart rate during climbing. After the active phase climbers had higher heart rates than when following the passive recovery protocol, however, by the end of the refocusing phase the active recovery protocol led to lower heart rates than for the entirely passive recovery. There was a significant difference between active and passive recovery conditions in lactate concentration (F(1,9) = 18.79, p = 0.002) and RPE (F(1,9)= 6.51, p = 0.031). Lactate concentration and RPE were lower across all five climbing trials for the active recovery protocol. After active recovery climbers started the next trial with a lower arterial lactate concentration than for a passive recovery and indicated lower RPE scores at the end of each climb. The refocusing period following active recovery allowed climbers heart rates to return to a lower level at the start of the next climb than for the passive recovery condition.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rock climbing, RPE, lactate concentration, active recovery
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Adventure Education
Depositing User: Christopher Hodgson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2014 14:23
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 10:12
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1258

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