Does ischemic pre-conditioning during the recovery period between two successive matches preserve physical performance in badminton doubles players?
Changes in physical performance were assessed in response to two successive doubles badminton matches with implementation of ischemic pre-conditioning (IPC) or sham treatment during recovery period between matches. Eight French national team badminton players (4 males, 4 females) performed two successive doubles matches (2 × 45 min), with 60 min of recovery in-between, during which they received three 5-min cycles of either an IPC (220 mmHg) or a sham (SHAM) (50 mmHg) intervention. A series of physical tests was performed immediately following the first (Post 1) and second (Post 2) match. Jump height (squat and countermovement jumps), leg power (multi-rebound jumps) and sprint time (L-test) remained unchanged from Post 1 to Post 2 (all P>0.193), and did not differ between conditions (all P>0.173). During a badminton-specific repeated-agility test, neither performance-related variables (i.e., best time, total time and sprint decrement score) nor vastus lateralis muscle tissue saturation index displayed a main effect for condition (all P>0.116), time (all P>0.091) or time × condition interaction (all P>0.730). Implementing IPC during the recovery period between successive doubles badminton demonstrated no beneficial effect on physical performance and muscle oxygenation trends.
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