Electronic muscle stimulators reproduce the body’s muscular contractions by applying electrical impulses to your motor nerves. You also benefit from the ability to target specific muscle groups.
A leading manufacturer of muscle stimulation devices is Compex®. Compex muscle stimulators are used by professional athletes and Olympic gold medalists to help increase athletic performance.
Recently, a study revealed that neuromuscular electrical stimulation may enhance pitching performance and recovery in baseball. Normally between innings, pitchers have to find a balance between resting (to avoid getting tired) and active exercise (to keep the shoulder and arm muscles warmed up). Electronic muscle stimulation allows baseball players to continue blood flow to the muscles without the risk of exhaustion.1
The ability to stay warmed up without fatiguing the muscles can also help in other athletic activities. Because electronic stimulation flexes your muscles with no active assistance, you can train your muscles with less risk of overuse of your joints. The conclusion? Electronic muscle stimulation may provide a safe and legal competitive advantage in baseball and other sports.
1 EFFECT OF THREE DIFFERENT BETWEEN-INNING RECOVERY METHODS ON BASEBALL PITCHING PERFORMANCE
Warren et al., Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, March
2011, Volume 25(3), pp. 683-688.