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Comparison of Effects of Active Recovery and Deep Water Running on Soccer Players™ Indices of Muscular Damage

Author(s): Mohammad Sajadian, Mohammadreza Kordi, Abassali Gaeini, Nader Rahnama

Introduction: The present research was aimed at comparison of effects of active recovery and deep water running on serum levels of Creatine Kinase (CK), Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) and, Aspartate Aminotransferases (AST) as indices of muscular damage subsequent to a simulated soccer game among 19-21 year old players of Ahwaz Naft soccer team present in premier league.

Method: 18 players of Naft soccer team were randomly assigned to either of the two 9 membered groups of active recovery (AR) and deep water running (DWR). Afterwards, the aforementioned participants took part in a 90 minute (including two 45 minute rounds of random activity) simulated soccer activity that was primarily designed by Bangsbow (1991) and modified by Bishop et al., (1999). After the activity, one group was administered an active recovery while the other was administered deep water running recovery. In order to compare the changes of variables in the aforementioned groups, the statistical method of mixed variance analysis among subjects was used.

Findings: The difference between changes of variables between the groups of AR and DWR was not statistically significant (P= 0.541, P= 115 and P= 748 respectively for LDH, CK and AST).

Conclusion: It seems that there is no statistically significant difference between the effects of active recovery and deep water running recovery on muscular damages of soccer players after a period of playing. However still more research is required in this regard.

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