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This systematic review compares the effects of different active recovery protocols on exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). The protocols included muscle contractions,  yoga and general physical activities like running and water exercises. This review summarizes benefits, identifies limitations, and offers suggestions for coaches and athletes for active recovery methods that could enhance performance.

TITLE: Effect of Active Recovery Protocols on the Management of Symptoms Related to Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage: A Systematic Review

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PUBLICATION: Strength and Conditioning Journal

DATE: 2021

AUTHORS: Fares, Rony; Vicente-Rodríguez, Germán; Olmedillas, Hugo

Active Recovery: A method to relieve delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and recover from exercise induced muscle damage (EIMD). Active recovery methods are activities that you do on your own. Assisted stretching and massage are not active recovery methods.

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS): A sensation of discomfort experienced in the skeletal muscle and usually associated with a decrease in muscle force. It starts within 24 hours of exercise and can last up to 7 days. 

Systematic review: An analysis that answers a defined research question by collecting and summarizing all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria.

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