Water Immersion: Does it enhance recovery
Human Kinetics Inc.
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Biomedical and Sports Science
Purpose: To assess the effect that postexercise immersion in water has on sub- sequent 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.