Human Physiology Lab: Faculty Research

Effects of Whey Protein Cherry Juice on Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage and Indices of Recovery Following Plyometric Exercise

Status: Completed

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of whey protein cherry juice as compared to a placebo on exercise-induced muscle damage and indices of recovery following muscle-damaging exercise, such as plyometric exercise, as evidenced by changes in physiological variables in skeletal muscle and blood plasma, as well as subjective perceptions of soreness. Subjects will be asked to undergo a baseline evaluation that includes physical measurements, thigh skin temperature and circumference, range of motion, thigh strength, and perceived muscle soreness. Blood is drawn to measure markers of muscle damage and inflammatin. After initial evaluation, each subject will be given either Tart Cherry Juice or a placebo to consume twice daily for 5 days. On day 6, all measurements will be repeated and the subject will perform a prescribed set of box jumps, followed by another round of measurements. A blood sample will be collected before and after the exercise. Participants will return to the HPL for repeat measurements and blood sampling at 24, 48, and 72 hours post exercise.

Angela Hillman Ph.D., ECP.
Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education