Hydrotherapy as a recovery strategy after exercise: A pragmatic controlled trial

Cuesta-Vargas, Antonio I., Travé-Mesa, Alvaro, Vera-Cabrera, Alberto, Cruz-Terrón, Dario, Castro-Sánchez, Adelaida M., Fernández-de-las-Peñas, Cesar, & Arroyo-Morales, Manuel (2013) Hydrotherapy as a recovery strategy after exercise: A pragmatic controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 13(1), p. 180.

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Our aim was to evaluate the recovery effects of hydrotherapy after aerobic exercise in cardiovascular, performance and perceived fatigue.


A pragmatic controlled repeated measures; single-blind trial was conducted. Thirty-four recreational sportspeople visited a Sport-Centre and were assigned to a Hydrotherapy group (experimental) or rest in a bed (control) after completing a spinning session. Main outcomes measures including blood pressure, heart rate, handgrip strength, vertical jump, self-perceived fatigue, and body temperature were assessed at baseline, immediately post-exercise and post-recovery. The hypothesis of interest was the session*time interaction.


The analysis revealed significant session*time interactions for diastolic blood pressure (P=0.031), heart rate (P=0.041), self perceived fatigue (P=0.046), and body temperature (P=0.001); but not for vertical jump (P=0.437), handgrip (P=0.845) or systolic blood pressure (P=0.266). Post-hoc analysis revealed that hydrotherapy resulted in recovered heart rate and diastolic blood pressure similar to baseline values after the spinning session. Further, hydrotherapy resulted in decreased self-perceived fatigue after the spinning session.


Our results support that hydrotherapy is an adequate strategy to facilitate cardiovascular recovers and perceived fatigue, but not strength, after spinning exercise. Trial registration

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01765387 Keywords: Hydrotherapy; Heart rate; Fatigue; Strength; Blood pressure; Body temperature

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ID Code: 82207
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-13-180
ISSN: 1472-6882
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Cuesta-Vargas et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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