Recovery Boots used during the Lions tour and are a “must have” to perfect recovery during the 2017 Autumn Internationals

Recovery Boots used during the Lions tour and are a “must have” to perfect recovery during the 2017 Autumn Internationals

With the Autumn Internationals just around the corner, there is much anticipation leading into the competition, with teams doing everything they can to prepare for a fixture list consisting of three to four games each, with the first matches kicking off in November. Having to compete in high performance matches in a short period of time is enough to challenge even the most physically trained athletes. Therefore recovery is essential for athletes to remain at their peak performance for longer. The Lions team recently purchased eight Recovery Pump systems just before their tour to New Zealand. The recovery boots provided the squad with much needed rapid and therapeutic recovery throughout the tour; and became particularly useful with some players playing back to back games from mid-week to weekend games. There was great feedback from the whole team about the recovery boots.

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have all trialled and purchased multiple recovery pump systems; reflecting the popularity of this type of therapy among top level athletes. The Recovery Pump system consists of compression recovery boots that can be utilised as a recovery or rehabilitative modality. Due to the nature of this recovery method, it is ideal for periods with a high volume of games.

With exercise training, progressive overload, not unlike the increased volume of matches common going into the autumn internationals, – where some teams will play two games separated by only 3 days – can lead to muscle strength, endurance and hypertrophy gains; all of which are aspired adaptations for rugby athletes (Fleck & Kraemer, 2014). However, increasing the performance load in terms of actual gameplay where the repeated impacts and high speed running yield specific wear on the body alongside the standard fatigue that goes hand in hand with just 1 game of elite rugby, with reduced resting time, can be a recipe for disaster for the athletes condition.

Players will likely encounter a degree of muscle damage during busy fixture periods which can set players back through increased soreness, reduced preparation for exercise and reduced muscular force generation (Twist & Eston, 2005). This can be acutely detrimental to an athlete’s strength, speed and stability and ultimately poor performance, early fatigue or even injury (Twist & Eston, 2005).

The recovery boots can reverse and these symptoms through sequential compression recovery which is designed to limit and reduce muscular swelling, improve circulation and healthy venous return in a flush sequence that can also reduced perceived soreness (Nicolaide, Fernandes & Pollock, 1980; Hill et al., 2013; Fanelli et al., 2008; Hanson et al., 2013).

With the national sides having had the opportunity to trial and purchase the recovery boots, players have also joined the recovery revolution by purchasing their own recovery boots, such as Joe Marler (England), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Rory Best (Ireland), and Rob Kearney (Ireland), to help them with recovery.

With so many international rugby stars investing in a valuable and popular recovery technique, it will be interesting to see how the fresher legs of these individuals impact the team outcomes over the following weeks.

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