THE EFFECTS OF “PHYSICAL BEMER VASCULAR THERAPY” ON WORK PERFORMED DURING REPEATED WINGATE TESTS
G. McEwen, C.M. Fehr
Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID
Physical Vascular Therapy using Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation (BEMER) is being increasingly recognized as a promising modality in therapeutic settings around the world. Although proponents of BEMER suggest that physically active populations (e.g. athletes) may also benefit from treatments, scant research exists to actually test this hypothesis. PURPOSE: To explore the effects of BEMER technology on recovery and performance parameters in anaerobic exercise. If found to be effective at enhanced recovery in active populations, this intervention could prove viable for reducing injury risk and positively affect return-to-exercise outcomes. Additionally, the improved recovery may secondarily lead to legitimate performance-enhancement in sport. METHODS: Study participants will complete three testing sessions separated by 3-7 days. Each session will involve four repeated Wingate tests (i.e. 30- second sprints) on a Monark cycle ergometer separated by four minutes of recovery. The three randomized recovery methods will include the following: 1- passive recovery (i.e. laying supine), 2- BEMER treatment (i.e. laying supine on the BEMER pad), and, 3- active recovery (i.e. cycling at a light intensity on the Monark ergometer). Data collection will include peak power output, mean power, total work, and fatigue index. Additional measures will include heart rate, blood pressure, percent Hemoglobin saturation, blood glucose levels, blood lactate levels, and subjective pain ratings. RESULTS: Data collection will commence starting in early January, 2020. A one-way repeated measures ANOVA will be conducted to determine if the three recovery protocols produced statistically significant differences in the dependent variables within subjects. CONCLUSION: The current project has potential to advance knowledge in the areas of exercise recovery and performance enhancement.
Supported by ASCM Northwest Student Research Award, Idaho Higher Education Research Council (HERC) Student Research Award, Idaho HERC Research Collaborative Award.
McEwen, G and Fehr, CM
"THE EFFECTS OF “PHYSICAL BEMER VASCULAR THERAPY” ON WORK PERFORMED DURING REPEATED WINGATE TESTS,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 8:
8, Article 66.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol8/iss8/66