After anaerobic exercise, rate of blood lactate disappearance is often monitored as a way to detect the achievement of muscle recovery. In this study, the rate of blood lactate disappearance will be examined for two methods of muscle recovery, with a focus on the effectiveness of foam rollers. After performing a strenuous anaerobic task, the participants will either conduct a passive recovery or one of the two active recoveries, the passive recovery used as the control method. Active recovery through moderate exercise post-strenuous exercise has been shown to be very effective in lactate removal, but use of foam rollers has yielded inconclusive results. Participants will have their blood lactate analyzed before, directly after, and 5, 10, and 15 minutes into each recovery method. Results will help determine the true effectiveness of foam rollers, and gain further insight into the body's reaction to physical stress. Data collection and analysis will be conducted in the spring of 2012 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Dolan, Dannie, "The Impact of Foam Rollers as a Form of Active Recovery on Lactate Disappearance" (2012). Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship. Paper 142.