Blood lactate measurement in recovery as an adjunct to training

Medición del lactato sanguíneo en la recuperación como complemento del entrenamiento

Today we rescue an article published by Sports Medicine back in 1993, where Phillip Bishop and Mike Martino aim to discuss some practical aspects of measuring and interpreting blood lactate values in training athletes. The authors have reviewed the available research where the key considerations for measuring and interpreting blood lactate in exercise are addressed, especially focusing on the lactate values in post-exercise recovery.

Blood lactate measurements are used to adjust physical training, and therefore it is essential to obtain valid and reliable data as many training decisions are based on the lactate measurements obtained.

The most common site to take the blood sample is the earlobe or fingertip, depending on the sample volume required. It is very important to make sure that the blood sample is not contaminated by sweat or any other agents. Blood samples should be handled carefully.

It is essential to ensure the safety of both the person taking the blood sample and also the person whose blood lactate is being analysed. Sterility and cleanliness must be maintained at all times, by having clean hands, using gloves and disposing of the used material in the right way.

The ultimate goal in measuring recovery lactate level is to be able to make some educated interpretation of changes in lactate responses so that physical training can be optimised.

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Blood lactate measurement in recovery as an adjunct to training