Impact of a soccer match on the cardiac autonomic control of referees

Boullosa, Daniel Alexandre, Abreu, Laurinda, Tuimil, José Luis, and Leicht, Anthony Scott (2012) Impact of a soccer match on the cardiac autonomic control of referees. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112 (6). pp. 2233-2242.

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The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of a soccer match on the cardiac autonomic control of heart rate (HR) in soccer referees. Sixteen Spanish regional and third division referees (11 males: 26 ± 7 years, 74.4 ± 4.1 kg, 178 ± 3 cm, Yo-Yo IR1 ~600–1,560 m; 5 females: 22 ± 3 years, 59.3 ± 4.8 kg, 158 ± 8 cm, Yo-Yo IR1 ~200–520 m) participated with 24-h HR recordings measured with a Polar RS800 during a rest and a match day. Autonomic control of HR was assessed from HR variability (HRV) analysis. Inclusion of a soccer match (92.5% spent at >75% maximum HR) reduced pre-match (12:00–17:00 hours; small to moderate), post-match (19:00–00:00 hours; moderate to almost perfect), and night-time (00:00–05:00 hours; small to moderate) HRV. Various moderate-to-large correlations were detected between resting HRV and the rest-to-match day difference in HRV. The rest-to-match day differences of low and high-frequency bands ratio (LF/HF) and HR in the post-match period were moderately correlated with time spent at different exercise intensities. Yo-Yo IR1 performance was highly correlated with jump capacity and peak lactate, but not with any HRV parameter. These results suggest that a greater resting HRV may allow referees to tolerate stresses during a match day with referees who spent more time at higher intensities during matches exhibiting a greater LF/HF increment in the post-match period. The relationship between match activities, VO2max and HR recovery kinetics in referees and team sport athletes of different competitive levels remains to be clarified.

Item ID: 22082
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1439-6327
Keywords: autonomic nervous system, psychological stress, fatigue,recovery, monitoring, team sports
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2012 03:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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