The impact of soccer match play on the muscle damage response in youth female soccer athletes

Hughes, Jonathan D and Denton, Katrina and Lloyd, Rhodri S and Oliver, Jon L and De Ste Croix, Mark B (2018) The impact of soccer match play on the muscle damage response in youth female soccer athletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine. ISSN 0172-4622 (In Press)

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Post-match assessment of creatine kinase (CK) activity and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) are common markers of exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery status in soccer players. These responses have not been examined in youth female players. This study examined the effect of competitive match play on CK activity and DOMS in elite youth players. Thirty-four elite female players, divided into three chronological age groups (U13, n = 11; U15, n = 10; U17 n = 12). Players completed baseline testing for CK and DOMS that was repeated immediately (for DOMS), 80, 128 and 168h post competitive match play for CK. Significant time effects were reported for CK (P = 0.006) and DOMS (P < 0.01). Significant differences between baseline and 168h post-match were reported for CK (P < 0.01), with significant group differences between U13 and U17’s for CK (P < 0.01). All parameters returned to baseline in U17’s at 168h but increased CK was evident for U13 and U15’s at 168h. In conclusion seven days may be insufficient for biochemical recovery in youth female athletes. Therefore, monitoring strategies to assess muscle damage between training and match play should be considered to track recovery and potentially reduce muscular injury risk.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creatine kinase; Maturation; Recovery; Soccer
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
Q Science > QP Physiology > QP301.H75 Physiology. Sport
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Jonathan Hughes
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 12:34
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 14:01

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