Water immersion: does it enhance recovery from exercise?

Ian M. Wilcock, John B. Cronin, Wayne A. Hing

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PURPOSE: To assess the effect that postexercise immersion in water has on subsequent exercise performance.

METHODS: A literary search and review of water-immersion and performance studies was conducted.

RESULTS: Seven articles were examined. In 2, significant benefits to performance were observed. Those 2 articles revealed a small to large effect on jump performance and isometric strength.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION AND CONCLUSIONS: It is possible that water immersion might improve recovery from plyometric or muscle-damaging exercise. Such a statement needs to be verified, however, because of the scarcity of research on water immersion as a recovery strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-206
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2006
Externally publishedYes


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