Tart cherry juice and recovery from exercise


Graeme Close

Optimum recovery from strenuous training bouts is high on the agenda for athletes, especially those competing at elite levels where performing on multiple occasions in a short period of time or consecutive days is commonplace. Strenuous exercise, particularly when eccentric biased, results in muscle damage at the myofibrillar level as a result of mechanical stress. As a secondary response to this damage, inflammation and oxidative stress appears around the damaged area, causing varying levels of pain and loss of function that might last for several days. Additionally, oxidative stress and inflammation can occur when there is no mechanical stress, for example in cycling where the muscle actions are almost exclusively concentric.

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