Effect of resistance exercise with arm sleeve compression garments accelerates blood lactate removal
Arm Sleeve Compression Garments Accelerates Blood Lactate Removal
It has long been suggested that arm sleeve compression garments (CG) may impact blood lactate levels ([Lac-]B) during the recovery from resistive exercise. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that upper-body compression garments during recovery from intense resistive exercise contribute to La clearance, thus leading to reduced [Lac-]B.
Sixteen healthy men underwent two sequences of flexion and extension exercises of the elbows and triceps on a pulley, with and without upper-body compression garments, separated by 72h. The exercises were performed with 3 sets of 10 RM, and a cadence of 2 sec was maintained in the eccentric phase and concentric phase. During an inactive recovery period of 20 minutes, serial arterialized venous blood samples were collected to obtain lactate concentrations.
Subjects showed similar responses at baseline and at peak exercise during the two experimental conditions. [Lac-]B during recovery was reduced with the use of upper-body compression garments at 5, 10, 15, and 20 min of recovery (P<0.05).
These data are consistent with the notion that compression garments can accelerate lactate removal during recovery from intense exercise.