Effects of various recovery times on repeated sprint performance
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Keywords:Intermittent exercise, cycling ergometry, recovery time
This study aims to find the best recovery period between repetitive sprint activities in both male and female volunteers. A total of 19 volunteering students from Faculty Of Sports Sciences, 12 female and 7 male, who exercise at least twice a week, participated in this randomized, crossover, reciprocal-balanced, and single-blind study where participants performed 10 repetitions of 6-second sprints in cycling ergometry with 50, 40, 30, 20, or 10-second rest intervals. Percentage of decrease in performance, peak power (PP) and average power (AP) values were calculated as RSE (repetitive sprint exercise) performance parameters. SPSS 22.0 was used to analyze data. Following the descriptive statistics, all data were tested with repeated measures analysis of variance. Sphericity assumption was determined by Mauchly test. In cases where the sphericity assumption was not satisfied, Greenhouse-Geisser correction was applied if Epsilon <0.75, and Huynh-Feldt correction was applied if >0.75. The alpha value was accepted as 0.05. It was determined that the highest percentage of repetitive sprint performance decrease in both men and women occurred in sprints with 10-second rest intervals, and there was a statistically significant difference in the percentage of performance decline between sprints with 10-second rest intervals and 40- and 30-second rest intervals in men (p<0.05).
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