Wheelchair athletes seek recovery solutions
RESEARCH suggests there is a need for recovery interventions that are specific to the needs of wheelchair basketball players, depending on the impact of their disability on performance in the sport.
These various impacts inform a four-class classification* of wheelchair basketball (WCB) athletes.
CQUniversity researcher David Pollard's recent Masters study examined differences in the physiological demands and perceptual responses of high and low-classification WCB players during games, or what impact game play has on muscle damage and subsequent performance in these athletes.
"This investigation showed that there are differences in relative exercise intensity of high and low-classification players and that high-classification players tended to score/rate muscle soreness higher than low-classification players.
"Additionally, performance standards decreased in both cohorts following WCB game play and there were high, though not significant, levels of muscle damage in both cohorts.
"This suggests that there is a need for recovery interventions that are specific to the needs of WCB players with different classifications."
Mr Pollard is close to completion of his Masters and now aims to progress a PhD study which will further investigate and/or develop recovery interventions specific to the needs of wheelchair basketball players.