Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health and Physical Education

First Advisor

Mark A. Sloniger, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert E. Alman II, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Richard Hsiao, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Madeline Paternostro Bayles, Ph.D.


Passive and active recovery are two methods commonly used during recovery from exercise. Active recovery is a method of recovery exercise that can be used to enhance the rate of removal of blood lactate as compared to passive recovery (Beckett et al., 1993; Bond et al., 1991; Mero, 1988). The removal of blood lactate following exercise is important because it can help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of different active recovery modes on the rate of removal of blood lactate following a high intensity exercise session. Recovery bouts (cycling, running, or passive) were completed for 30 minutes at 65% of VO2max following high intensity exercise at 90% of VO2max. After analysis, there was found to be no difference between cycling and running and passive recovery overall in removing blood lactate following high intensity exercise.