Finke, H. M., Moore, M. J., Glowaki, S. P., & Crouse, S. F (2003). Effects of recovery on lactate and vertical jump after high intensity resistance exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 35(5), Supplement abstract 2243.

Males (N = 9) underwent three squat complex exercises (lunges, step-ups, squats, unweighted squat jumps; 10 repetitions of each) followed by 10 minutes of cycling, dynamic movement exercises, or passive seated recovery protocols.

Vertical jump was impaired significantly more by passive recovery than by the two active recovery methods. Lactate removal was significantly slower for passive recovery than for the active recoveries.

Implication. Active recovery improves subsequent power performance (e.g., vertical jump) and the removal of exercise-generated lactate.

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