Effect of post-exercise sauna bathing on the endurance performance of competitive male runners

19 Jun 2006Guy S.M. Scoona, William G. Hopkinsb, , , Simon Mayhewb, James D. Cottera

3 wk of post-exercise sauna bathing produced a worthwhile enhancement of endurance running performance, probably by increasing blood volume.

Cohort Study
4 effects
6 weeks
6 subjects

Reported Outcomes

CausesOutcomeCertainty

Sauna Selfcare risk & protective factor
Sauna
Selfcare

Aerobic Exercise Capacity Musculoskeletal outcome
Minor increase risk of Aerobic Exercise Capa...
Musculoskeletal system

Low evidence
2.0%

Sauna Selfcare risk & protective factor
Sauna
Selfcare

Exercise Performance Musculoskeletal outcome
Minor increase risk of Exercise Performance
Musculoskeletal system

Low evidence
1.4%

Sauna Selfcare risk & protective factor
Sauna
Selfcare

Fatigue Musculoskeletal outcome
Decreased risk of Fatigue
Musculoskeletal system

Low evidence
-31.0%

Sauna Selfcare risk & protective factor
Sauna
Selfcare

Blood Flow Cardiovascular outcome
Minor increase risk of Blood Flow
Cardiovascular system

Low evidence
1.0%