Are exercise cool-downs necessary?

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The Australian Journal of Physiotherapy published a study to answer the question of how useful cool-down exercises in removing soreness post-workout. This randomized controlled trial evaluated whether or not warm-up or cool-down exercises helped reduce soreness post-workout in 52 adults. The study revealed that warm-up exercises reduce soreness over a 48 hour period after workout while cool-down exercises do not. What is your typical exercise routine? How do you counsel your patients about exercise?

For additional information, please visit NYT. To see the abstract of the original researchplease visit AJP

Image courtesy of [Witthaya Phonsawat]/freedigitalphotos.net

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