Blood lactate clearance after maximal exercise depends on active recovery intensity

Devlin, J., Paton, B., Poole, L., Sun, W., Ferguson, C., Wilson, J. and Kemi, O. J. (2014) Blood lactate clearance after maximal exercise depends on active recovery intensity. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 54(3), pp. 271-278.

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Abstract

AIM: High-intensity exercise is time-limited by onset of fatigue, marked by accumulation of blood lactate. This is accentuated at maximal, all-out exercise that rapidly accumulates high blood lactate. The optimal active recovery intensity for clearing lactate after such maximal, all-out exercise remains unknown. Thus, we studied the intensity-dependence of lactate clearance during active recovery after maximal exercise.<p></p> METHODS: We constructed a standardized maximal, all-out treadmill exercise protocol that predictably lead to voluntary exhaustion and blood lactate concentration >10 mM. Next, subjects ran series of all-out bouts that increased blood lactate concentration to 11.5±0.2 mM, followed by recovery exercises ranging 0% (passive)-100% of the lactate threshold.<p></p> RESULTS: Repeated measurements showed faster lactate clearance during active versus passive recovery (P<0.01), and that active recovery at 60-100% of lactate threshold was more efficient for lactate clearance than lower intensity recovery (P<0.05). Active recovery at 80% of lactate threshold had the highest rate of and shortest time constant for lactate clearance (P<0.05), whereas the response during the other intensities was graded (100%=60%>40%>passive recovery, P<0.05).<p></p> CONCLUSION: Active recovery after maximal all-out exercise clears accumulated blood lactate faster than passive recovery in an intensity-dependent manner, with maximum clearance occurring at active recovery of 80% of lactate threshold.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kemi, Dr Ole and Ferguson, Dr Carrie and Wilson, Mr John
Authors: Devlin, J., Paton, B., Poole, L., Sun, W., Ferguson, C., Wilson, J., and Kemi, O. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Journal Abbr.:J Sports Med Phys Fitness
Publisher:Edizioni Minerva Medica
ISSN:0022-4707
ISSN (Online):1827-1928
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Edizioni Minerva Medica
First Published:First published in Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 54(3):271-278
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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