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Rachel BauerFollow

Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

individual

Daytona Beach

Poster Session; 10-minute Oral Presentation

Authors' Class Standing

Rachel Bauer, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Rachel Bauer

Faculty Mentor Name

David Keck

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Abstract

Athletic recovery, the process of restoring physiological and psychological processes of athletes to compete at a high level, commonly occurs on the ground. This research examines the need for recovery during air travel and the best methods for achieving the recovery process. Professional athletes receive millions of dollars to perform at their best. (Sports gambling also relies heavily on these athletes performing at the highest level.) Small changes in athletic performance can be the difference between a loss and a championship or setting a new world record. Airline travel affects many different aspects of recovery and introduces new challenges for the body to overcome. As a review of existing literature indicates hypoxia, jet lag, deep vein thrombosis, and circadian rhythm disruption are just a few of the detrimental issues that athletes encounter during flight in between competitions. Depending on the length of the flight and nature of the sport, proposed recovery methods include compression garments, compression boots, massage, electronic stimulation, and a variety of nutritional and hydration options. Further research and testing to examine the recovery methods during flight will change the ways in which athletes fly and enhance their overall performance.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark, SURF, Research Abroad, Student Internal Grants, or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Developing Therapies for Athletic Recovery During Air Travel

Athletic recovery, the process of restoring physiological and psychological processes of athletes to compete at a high level, commonly occurs on the ground. This research examines the need for recovery during air travel and the best methods for achieving the recovery process. Professional athletes receive millions of dollars to perform at their best. (Sports gambling also relies heavily on these athletes performing at the highest level.) Small changes in athletic performance can be the difference between a loss and a championship or setting a new world record. Airline travel affects many different aspects of recovery and introduces new challenges for the body to overcome. As a review of existing literature indicates hypoxia, jet lag, deep vein thrombosis, and circadian rhythm disruption are just a few of the detrimental issues that athletes encounter during flight in between competitions. Depending on the length of the flight and nature of the sport, proposed recovery methods include compression garments, compression boots, massage, electronic stimulation, and a variety of nutritional and hydration options. Further research and testing to examine the recovery methods during flight will change the ways in which athletes fly and enhance their overall performance.

 

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