Effects of lymphatic drainage and local cryo exposition regeneration after high-intensive exercises

Michael Behringer, Diana Jedlicka, Molly McCourt, Matthias Ring, Joachim Mester
Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal 2016, 6 (2): 228-235

BACKGROUND: Recovery from exercise and competition is important in sports medicine, particularly when rest periods are short. The objective is to determine the efficacy of cryo exposition (CRY) and manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) to hasten short term recovery of muscle performance after eccentric contractions.

METHODS: In a randomized controlled trial, 30 healthy sport students (21 males, 9 females; age: 25.7±2.8 years) performed 4×20 eccentric contractions of knee extensors, followed by 30 min MLD, CRY, or rest (RST) under controlled laboratory environment. Maximal voluntary contractions (MVC), electrically induced muscle fatigue (FI), and electrically induced tetani (EIT) at low (T2: 20 Hz) and high frequencies were tested.

RESULTS: Force decline and recovery kinetics regarding MVC, FI, and EIT did not differ significantly (p<0.05) between groups. That is, 24 h after the intervention, MVC (MLD: 80.9±5.5%; CRY: 81.1±8.5%; RST: 83.5±7.3%), FI (MLD: 83.2±23.7%; CRY: 81.2±38.8%; RST: 93.2±22.9%), and EIT (T1: MLD: 53.0±29.5%; CRY: 39.0±32.9%; RST: 46.3±26.1%; T2: MLD: 84.2±27.2%; CRY: 64.2±24.2%; RST: 66.6±22.3%) were similarly depressed irrespective of applied treatments.

CONCLUSION: Neither CRY nor MLD hastened the recovery of muscle performance, when applied for 30 min. Identification number of the Primary Registry Network: DRKS00007608.

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