Effects of Recovery Type after a Kickboxing Match on Blood Lactate and Performance in Anaerobic Tests


Ibrahim Ouergui 1 , Omar Hammouda 2 , * , Hamdi Chtourou 2 , Nabil Gmada 1 , Emerson Franchini 3

1 Research Unit "Athletic performance and physical rehabilitation" of the High Institute of Sport and Physical education Kef, Kef, Tunisia

2 Research Laboratory Sport Performance Optimisation, National Center of Medicine and Science in Sport

3 Martial Arts and Combat Sports Research Group - School of Physical Education and Sport, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

How to Cite: Ouergui I , Hammouda O , Chtourou H , Gmada N , Franchini E . Effects of Recovery Type after a Kickboxing Match on Blood Lactate and Performance in Anaerobic Tests , Asian J Sports Med. Online ahead of Print ; 5(2):23029.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 5 (2); 99-107
Published Online: January 20, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 10, 2013
Accepted: December 24, 2013


Purpose: To verify whether active recovery (AR) applied after a kickboxing match resulted in better performance in anaerobic tests when compared to passive recovery (PR).

Methods: Eighteen kickboxers volunteered to participate on a Kickboxing match preceded and followed by anaerobic tests: squat jump (SJ), the counter movement jump (CMJ) and the upper-body Wingate test. Blood lactate (BL), heart rate (HR) and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) were analyzed before and after rounds. The recovery sessions consisted of 10min at 50% of maximal aerobic speed or PR. BL was measured at 3, 5 and 10 min after the match, while HR, RPE and anaerobic power were assessed after the recovery period.

Results: BL, HR and RPE increased significantly (P<0.001) during the match. BL was lower (P<0.001) after AR compared to PR at 5 min and 10 min (e.g. AR: 8.94 0.31 mmol.l-1, PR: 10.98 0.33 mmol.l-1). However, PR resulted in higher (P<0.05) upper-body mean power (4.65 0.5 W.kg-1) compared to AR (4.09 0.5 W.kg-1), while SJ and CMJ were not affected by the recovery type.

Conclusions: The lactate removal was improved with AR when compared with PR, but AR did not improve subsequent performance.

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