The knowledge about using Finnish sauna in post-event recovery among judokas Wanda Pilch, Grzegorz Lech, Tomasz Pałka, Wiesław Błach, Łukasz Tota, Tomasz Cisoń Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts 2014; 5(1):43-47 ICID: 1127453
Article type: Original article
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Introduction. Sauna bathing is a good method of eliminating mental and physical fatigue relatively quickly as it favorably affects the entire human body. Sauna is recommended not only for relaxation and resting after physical work, but also after injuries of the musculoskeletal system, therefore it is often suggested to athletes as one of the forms of biological regeneration. The aim of this study was to test the knowledge and awareness of judo practitioners concerning the physiological effects of sauna and to compare their knowledge of this issue with the knowledge of their non-training counterparts. Material and methods. 40 male judo practitioners and 40 non-training males participated in the study. In both groups the mean age was 22±4 years. A questionnaire containing questions based on the available literature was used for the study. The questions concerned physiological effects of sauna on all body functions, the ways of using sauna and the duration of sessions. Results. All the surveyed athletes admitted they used sauna as a form of biological regeneration. Among the non-training males 25 respondents reported using sauna. 37 judo practitioners know that sauna bathing is a form of biological regeneration. Among the non-training males only 18 are aware of that fact. Conclusions. The obtained results indicate that the surveyed athletes try to extend their knowledge of sauna bathing as a form of biological regeneration. Their knowledge of this issue is better than the knowledge of their non-training counterparts. There is also a necessity to disseminate the knowledge and educate the non-training individuals about using sauna and learning about body responses to warm and cold stimuli.