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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095065/monitoring-fatigue-status-in-elite-team-sport-athletes-implications-for-practice
#1
Robin T Thorpe, Greg Atkinson, Barry Drust, Warren Gregson
The increase in competition demands in elite team sports over recent years has prompted much attention from researchers and practitioners into the monitoring of adaptation and fatigue in athletes. Monitoring of fatigue and gaining an understanding of athlete status may also provide insights and beneficial information pertaining to player availability, injury and illness risk. Traditional methods used to quantify recovery and fatigue in team sports such as maximal physical performance assessments may not be feasible in order to detect variations in fatigue status throughout competitive periods...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092217/development-construct-validity-and-test-retest-reliability-of-a-field-based-wheelchair-mobility-performance-test-for-wheelchair-basketball
#2
Annemarie M H de Witte, Marco J M Hoozemans, Monique A M Berger, Rienk M A van der Slikke, Lucas H V van der Woude, Dirkjan H E J Veeger
The aim of this study was to develop and describe a wheelchair mobility performance test in wheelchair basketball and to assess its construct validity and reliability. To mimic mobility performance of wheelchair basketball matches in a standardised manner, a test was designed based on observation of wheelchair basketball matches and expert judgement. Forty-six players performed the test to determine its validity and 23 players performed the test twice for reliability. Independent-samples t-tests were used to assess whether the times needed to complete the test were different for classifications, playing standards and sex...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092208/the-effects-of-mental-fatigue-on-cricket-relevant-performance-among-elite-players
#3
Daren Veness, Stephen David Patterson, Owen Jeffries, Mark Waldron
This study investigated the effects of a mentally fatiguing test on physical tasks among elite cricketers. In a cross-over design, 10 elite male cricket players from a professional club performed a cricket run-two test, a Batak Lite reaction time test and a Yo-Yo-Intermittent Recovery Level 1 (Yo-Yo-IR1) test, providing a rating of perceived exertion (RPE) after completing a 30-min Stroop test (mental fatigue condition) or 30-min control condition. Perceived fatigue was assessed before and after the two conditions and motivation was measured before testing...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090144/maximal-power-training-induced-different-improvement-in-throwing-velocity-and-muscle-strength-according-to-playing-positions-in-elite-male-handball-players
#4
M Cherif, H Chtourou, N Souissi, A Aouidet, K Chamari
This study was designed to assess the effect of strength and power training on throwing velocity and muscle strength in handball players according to their playing positions. Twenty-two male handball players were assigned to either an experimental group (n=11) or a control group (n=11) (age: 22.1 ± 3.0 years). They were asked to complete (i) the ball throwing velocity test and (ii) the one-repetition maximum (1-RM) tests for the half-back squat, the pull-over, the bench press, the developed neck, and the print exercises before and after 12 weeks of maximal power training...
December 2016: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090138/agility-training-in-young-elite-soccer-players-promising-results-compared-to-change-of-direction-drills
#5
A Chaalali, M Rouissi, M Chtara, A Owen, N L Bragazzi, W Moalla, A Chaouachi, M Amri, K Chamari
The aim of this study was to compare the effect of two different training programmes - change of direction (COD) vs. agility (AG) - on straight sprint (SS), COD and AG test performances in young elite soccer players. Thirty-two soccer players (age: 14.5±0.9 years; height: 171.2±5.1 cm; body mass: 56.4±7.1 kg, body fat: 10.3±2.3%) participated in a short-term (6 weeks) training study. Players were randomly assigned to two experimental groups - training with change of direction drills (COD-G, n=11) or using agility training (AG-G, n= 11) - and to a control group (CON-G, n=10)...
December 2016: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081555/new-zealand-rugby-health-study-motor-cortex-excitability-in-retired-elite-and-community-level-rugby-players
#6
Gwyn N Lewis, Patria A Hume, Verna Stavric, Scott R Brown, Denise Taylor
AIMS: Rugby union is a high contact sport in which players frequently experience brain injuries. Acute brain injury is associated with altered corticomotor function. However, it is uncertain if long-term exposure to rugby is associated with any alterations in corticomotor function. The aim of the study was to assess measures of corticomotor excitability and inhibition in retired rugby players in comparison to retired non-contact sport players. METHODS: The design was a cross-sectional study with three groups of retired athletes: elite rugby (n=23), community level rugby (n=28) and non-contact sport control (n=22)...
January 13, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078945/influences-of-population-size-and-density-on-birthplace-effects
#7
David J Hancock, Patrícia Coutinho, Jean Côté, Isabel Mesquita
Contextual influences on talent development (e.g., birthplace effects) have become a topic of interest for sport scientists. Birthplace effects occur when being born in a certain city size leads to participation or performance advantages, typically for those born in smaller or mid-sized cities. The purpose of this study was to investigate birthplace effects in Portuguese volleyball players by analysing city size, as well as population density - an important but infrequently used variable. Participants included 4062 volleyball players (Mage = 33), 53...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068210/how-players-exploit-variability-and-regularity-of-game-actions-in-female-volleyball-teams
#8
Ana Ramos, Patrícia Coutinho, Pedro Silva, Keith Davids, Isabel Mesquita
Variability analysis has been used to understand how competitive constraints shape different behaviours in team sports. In this study, we analysed and compared variability of tactical performance indices in players within complex I at two different competitive levels in volleyball. We also examined whether variability was influenced by set type and period. Eight matches from the 2012 Olympics competition and from the Portuguese national league in the 2014-2015 season were analysed (1496 rallies). Variability of setting conditions, attack zone, attack tempo and block opposition was assessed using Shannon entropy measures...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065448/left-ventricular-dyssynchrony-and-2d-and-3d-global-longitudinal-strain-for-differentiating-physiological-and-pathological-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
#9
Julien Ternacle, Camille Bremont, Thomas d'Humieres, Laureline Faivre, Huy Long Doan, Romain Gallet, Leopold Oliver, Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé, Pascal Lim
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in athletes can be challenging. AIMS: To ascertain parameters that differentiate patients with HCM from athletes with moderate left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (LVH 13-15mm). METHODS: We retrospectively included 100 men: 50 elite rugby players (25 with moderate LVH and 25 with no LVH), 25 patients with HCM and moderate LVH and 25 controls. LV dyssynchrony was defined as the standard deviation of time to peak 2D longitudinal strain (16-segment model) and global strain components were computed from two- (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) speckle tracking...
January 3, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050927/energy-intake-and-expenditure-of-professional-soccer-players-of-the-english-premier-league-evidence-of-carbohydrate-periodization
#10
Liam Anderson, Patrick Orme, Robert J Naughton, Graeme L Close, Jordan Milsom, David Rydings, Andy O'Boyle, Rocco Di Michele, Julien Louis, Catherine Hambley, John Roger Speakman, Ryland Morgans, Barry Drust, James P Morton
In an attempt to better identify and inform the energy requirements of elite soccer players, we quantified the energy expenditure (EE) of players from the English Premier League (n=6) via the doubly labeled water method (DLW) over a 7-day in-season period. Energy intake (EI) was also assessed using food diaries, supported by the remote food photographic method and 24 h recalls. The 7-day period consisted of 5 training days (TD) and 2 match days (MD). Although mean daily EI (3186 ± 367 kcals) was not different from (P>0...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050914/physiological-perceptual-and-performance-responses-associated-with-self-selected-versus-standardized-recovery-periods-during-a-repeated-sprint-protocol-in-elite-youth-football-players-a-preliminary-study
#11
Neil Gibson, Callum Brownstein, Derek Ball, Craig Twist
PURPOSE: To examine the physiological and perceptual responses of youth footballers to a repeated sprint protocol employing standardized and self-selected recovery. METHODS: Eleven male participants (13.7 ± 1.1 years) performed a repeated sprint assessment comprising 10 x 30 m efforts. Employing a randomized crossover design, repeated sprints were performed using 30 s and self-selected recovery periods. Heart rate was monitored continuously with ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) and lower body muscle power measured 2 min after the final sprint...
January 4, 2017: Pediatric Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050535/anterior-cruciate-ligament-and-meniscal-injuries-in-sports-incidence-time-of-practice-until-injury-and-limitations-caused-after-trauma
#12
Diego Costa Astur, Marcos Xerez, João Rozas, Pedro Vargas Debieux, Carlos Eduardo Franciozi, Moises Cohen
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the incidence of ACL and meniscal injuries in a population of recreational and elite athletes from Brazil and the relation of these injuries with their sports activities. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of 240 patients with ACL and/or meniscal injuries submitted to surgical treatment. Data of patients and sport modality, as well as Tegner score were registered in the first clinical evaluation. The patients were divided into three groups: (1) isolated rupture of the ACL; (2) ACL injury associated with meniscal injury; (3) isolated menisci injury...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035865/effect-of-contact-and-no-contact-small-sided-games-on-elite-handball-players
#13
Antonio Dello Iacono, Domenico Martone, Alessandro Moura Zagatto, Yoav Meckel, Mahmood Sindiani, Mirjana Milic, Johnny Padulo
This study aimed to investigate the effect of contact (C-SSG) and no-contact (NC-SSG) handball small-sided games (SSGs) on motion patterns and physiological responses of elite handball players. Twelve male handball players performed 10 C-SSG and 10 NC-SSG while being monitored through the heart rate (HR) and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) as physiological responses and time-motion activities profile using video-match analysis. Both game conditions resulted in similar HR responses (P > 0.05), but the NC-SSG led to a higher RPE scores...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031773/developing-talented-soccer-players-an-analysis-of-socio-spatial-factors-as-possible-key-constraints
#14
Jaime Serra-Olivares, Juan C Pastor-Vicedo, Sixto González-Víllora, Israel Teoldo da Costa
Most studies on the identification and development of soccer talent have been one-dimensional in nature. Although some multi-dimensional analyses have been conducted, few research studies have assessed in any depth the socio-spatial factors influencing talent development. The aim of this particular study was to analyse variations in the international representation of clubs (n = 821) and countries (n = 59) in the development of players who took part in the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup. Clubs and countries were ranked and divided into quartiles according to the number of players developed between the ages of 15 and 21 (clubs and countries that developed players for at least three years between these ages) and the number of official league matches played by these players up to the age of 23...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031770/soccer-players-cultural-capital-and-its-impact-on-migration
#15
Jožef Križaj, Bojan Leskošek, Janez Vodičar, Mojca Doupona Topič
The purpose of this study was to identify factors that constituted the cultural capital among soccer players. We assumed that in the increasingly globalized world of professional soccer, a player's success would often depend on migrating and adjusting to life in other countries. Willingness to migrate and successful adjustment are tied to player's previous attitudes and/or behaviours (habitus), significant support from others, including family members, and previous experiences and success in sports and education...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027735/comparison-of-t2-relaxation-times-of-articular-cartilage-of-the-knee-in-elite-professional-football-players-and-age-and-bmi-matched-amateur-athletes
#16
C Behzadi, G H Welsch, A Laqmani, F O Henes, M G Kaul, G Schoen, G Adam, M Regier
OBJECTIVE: Recent investigation has underlined the potential of quantitative MR imaging to be used as a complementary tool for the diagnosis of cartilage degeneration at an early state. The presented study analyses T2* relaxation times of articular cartilage of the knee in professional athletes and compares the results to age- and BMI (Body Mass Index)-matched healthy amateur athletes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 22 professional football players and 22 age- and BMI-matched individuals were underwent knee Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at 3T including qualitative and quantitative analysis...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019721/the-effect-of-deprivation-on-the-developmental-activities-of-adolescent-rugby-union-players-in-wales
#17
Charles O N Winn, Paul R Ford, Melitta A McNarry, Jason Lewis, Gareth Stratton
The developmental activities of rugby union players and their interaction with deprivation remain to be elucidated. Five-hundred and ninety elite junior rugby union players (14.8 ± 0.5 years) were split into deprivation quintiles. These players subsequently completed a participant history questionnaire to record their involvement in rugby and other sports. Players accumulated 1987 ± 1297 h in rugby between 6 and 15 years of age. During the mini rugby stage (6-10 years of age), players accumulated an average of 113 ± 105, 89 ± 69 and 43 ± 19 h per year in rugby play, practice and competition, respectively...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008292/incidence-and-prevalence-of-elite-male-cricket-injuries-using-updated-consensus-definitions
#18
John W Orchard, Alex Kountouris, Kevin Sims
BACKGROUND: T20 (Twenty20 or 20 over) cricket has emerged in the last decade as the most popular form of cricket (in terms of spectator attendances). International consensus cricket definitions, first published in 2005, were updated in 2016 to better reflect the rise to prominence of T20 cricket. METHODS: Injury incidence and prevalence rates were calculated using the new international methods and units for elite senior male Australian cricketers over the past decade (season 2006-2007 to season 2015-2016 inclusive)...
2016: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005466/seasonal-changes-in-body-composition-of-inter-county-gaelic-athletic-association-hurlers
#19
Robert W Davies, Clodagh Toomey, William McCormack, Cian O'Neill, Katie Hughes, Philip Jakeman
Longitudinal change in body composition for elite-level inter-county hurlers was reported over a single season and four consecutive seasons. Body composition measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) of 66 senior, male, outfield players was obtained. Four successive measurements were taken: off-season (OFF1), pre-season (PRE), mid-season (MID) and the off-season of the following season (OFF2). A subsample of 11 hurlers were measured at all time points over 4 consecutive seasons. DXA-derived estimates of fat and lean mass were normalised to stature for analysis (kg∙m(‒2)); data are (mean [lower: upper, 95% confidence interval])...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004817/assessment-of-myocardial-function-in-elite-athlete-s-heart-at-rest-2d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-korean-elite-soccer-players
#20
Lucy Youngmin Eun, Hyun Wook Chae
The purpose of this study was to investigate Korean elite soccer players' myocardial function using the conventional and advanced speckle tracking imaging to compare the difference with the normal controls. We used 2D echocardiography speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) to evaluate LV regional strain in 29 elite soccer players compared to 29 age-matched healthy controls. Conventional, tissue Doppler, and STI echocardiography was performed, for strain at base and apex, rotation and torsion. There is no difference in longitudinal strain (-17...
December 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
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