Effect of an anti-oxidant rich tart cherry and whey drink on the recovery of delayed onset muscle soreness
Delayed onset muscle soreness is that distinctive muscle pain that nearly everyone experiences after intense or unfamiliar exercise, often peaking as long as a day or two later. It is classified as a type I muscle strain injuryand presents with tenderness or stiffness to palpitation or movement. For the treatment of DOMS there are growing amount of evidences indicating that free radicals play an important role as mediators of skeletal muscle damage and inflammation after strenuous exercise. It has been postulated that the generation of oxygen free radicals is increased during exercise as a result of increase in mitochondrial oxygen consumption and electron transport flux, inducing lipid peroxidation, Antioxidants defend against the harmful effect of free radicals. Among various sources of antioxidants, fruits and green tea are rich sources, therefore the present study was undertaken to develop an antioxidant rich recovery drink with the addition of whey, tart cherries and green tea. The effect of recovery drink was evaluated using Visual Analog Scale on a group of 90 amateur gymers between the age group of 19 to 35. The result revealed that there was significant reduction in pain recovery time over 7 days.