Seasonal changes in physical performance and heart rate variability in high level futsal players

Oliveira, R.S., Leicht, A.S., Bishop, D., Barbero-Alvarez, J.C., and Nakamura, F.Y. (2013) Seasonal changes in physical performance and heart rate variability in high level futsal players. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 34 (5). pp. 424-430.

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The aim of this study was to determine the changes in physical performance and resting heart rate variability (HRV) in professional futsal players during the pre-season and in-season training periods. 11 athletes took part in the study (age=24.3±2.9 years; height=176.3±5.2 cm; weight=76.1±6.3 kg), and performed a repeated-sprint ability (RSA) test [6 x 40 m (20+20 m with a 180 degrees change of direction) sprints separated by 20s of passive recovery] and Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test level 1 (Yo-Yo IR1) at 3 different moments (M1=beginning of pre-season; M2=end of pre-season; M3=mid in-season). The HRV indices were assessed at the same moments. After the short pre-season (3-week), mean RSA time (RSA(mean)) (M1=7.43±0.2s; M2=7.24±0.2s; P=0.003), decrement in RSA performance (RSA(decrement)) (M1=6.7±0.3%; M2=5.0±0.9%; P=0.001), and Yo-Yo IR1 distance (M1=1.244±298m; M2=1.491±396m; P=0.002) were significantly improved (P<0.05). During the in-season (i.e., M3), performance in Yo-Yo IR1 and RSA(mean) were maintained. In contrast, RSA(best) (M2=6.89±0.2 to M3=6.69±0.3; P=0.001) was improved and RSA(decrement) (M2=5.0±0.9% to M3=6.6±0.9%; P=0.001) was impaired. At M2, there was an increase in HRV vagal-related indices compared with M1 that was maintained at M3. In conclusion, after a short pre-season, futsal players improved their RSA and Yo-Yo IR1 performance with concomitant improvements in HRV. These indices were maintained during the in-season period while RSA(best) was improved and RSA(decrement) impaired. Frequent monitoring of these performances and HRV indices may assist with identification of individual training adaptations and/or early signs of maladaption.

Item ID: 28296
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1439-3964
Keywords: indoor soccer, cardiac autonomic control, intermittent fitness testing
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 05:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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