Graduation Date

Summer 2017

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Boe Burrus

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Taylor Bloedon

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Rock Braithwaite

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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The purpose of this study is to determine if an active recovery of a long duration at a moderate intensity or a passive recovery is more beneficial for subsequent anaerobic performance by tracking blood lactate and comparing anaerobic performance variables across Wingate tests. Currently, there is a lack of research on the effect of a longer duration active recovery protocol on blood lactate levels and power output in repeated Wingate tests as compared to passive recovery. A significant interaction was found between recovery and time for blood lactate (F = 6.935; p = 0.000). Blood Lactate levels were significantly lower for the active recovery condition as compared to the passive recovery condition at time point two, time point three, time point four, and time point five. The active recovery condition resulted in significantly lower lactate levels at the four time points during recovery, but no significant difference in performance was observed. Based on previous research, the lower lactate values and performance might not be as connected as previously thought. However, the lower lactate levels can still be beneficial to recovery after intense exercise and repeated attempts, but there could be no effect of blood lactate clearance on performance. Future research should focus on anaerobically trained athletes, such as sprinters and power lifters, as those types of athletes train with the ATP-PC and anaerobic glycolysis energy systems.

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