Physiological Effects of an Acute Bout of Shallow Water Sprinting

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To compare heart rate, blood lactate, flexibility, perceived exertion and delayed onset muscle soreness in males sprinting inland and shallow water.

Subjects and Methods:

20 subjects completed the study

Each subject completed ten 9.1m (ten yard) sprints both in water and on land in randomized order.

Heart rate, blood lactate, flexibility, and range of motion (ROM) were measured before and immediately after each condition. RPE was assessed immediately after exercise and DOMS was assessed at 24 hr and 48 hr post exercise.

Subjects wore AQX shoes for traction during water sprinting


Heart rate and flexibility increased significantly in both conditions.

Blood lactate and RPE were highest in shallow water sprinting

DOMS were rated significantly lower at 24 hours post water sprinting

Take away message:

Incorporating shallow water sprinting with your clients/athletes can be used very effectively for cross training as well as for recovery.


Summer B. Cook, Samantha E. Scarneo, Richard M.McAvoy

International Journal of Aquatic Research & Education 2013

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