EPOC= Excess post exercise oxygen consumption.
The recovery process involves returning the body to its pre-exercise state. The intensity, duration, and fitness levels of the performer will influence the recovery.
What needs recovering?
- ATP needs to be resynthesised.
- Lactic acid must be removed.
- Myoglobin must be replenished with oxygen.
- Glycogen must be replaced.
Because the first three require oxygen, excess oxygen is taken in post exercise, and this is accomplished by a high pulse rate and high breathing rate.
This is the first stage of recovery and takes 3 minutes, using 3-4 litres of oxygen.
It helps to resynthesise ATP and PC, and also helps restore levels…