Peak running speed can be used to monitor neuromuscular fatigue from a standardized running test in team sport athletes


Garrett J., Akyildiz Z., Leduc C., van den Hoek D., Clemente F. M. , Ardigo L. P.

RESEARCH IN SPORTS MEDICINE, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15438627.2021.1966012
  • Title of Journal : RESEARCH IN SPORTS MEDICINE
  • Keywords: activity profile, fatigue, GPS, movement strategy, monitoring, velocity, RELIABILITY

Abstract

This study compared the sensitivity of peak running speed (PRS) measured during a submaximal run test (SRT) with a countermovement jump (CMJ) test to provide an alternate method of measuring neuromuscular fatigue (NMF). The study involved 20 semi-professional academy soccer players who performed a SRT and CMJ test, 24-hours pre-match, 24-, 48-, 72- and 96-hours post-match. Moderate decreases (effect-size (ES) +/- 90% confidence intervals) were observed 24-hours post-match for CMJ(H); ES -0.70 +/- 0.19, CMJ(PV); ES -0.92 +/- 0.27 and PRS; ES -0.58 +/- 0.11 with small decreases in CMJ(H); ES -0.36 +/- 0.13 and PRS; ES -0.27 +/- 0.23 still evident 48-hours post-match before returning to baseline 72-hours post-match. The results confirm PRS as an inexpensive alternate method of measuring NMF which, allows instantaneous real-time feedback on NMF. This can allow changes to be made immediately on-field within the post-match recovery phase without the need for further analysis or equipment.