Monitoring fitness, fatigue and running performance during a pre-season training camp in elite football players

Sports Medicine Australia
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Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport, 2013, 16 (6), pp. 550 - 555
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Objectives To examine the usefulness of selected physiological and perceptual measures to monitor fitness, fatigue and running performance during a pre-season, 2-week training camp in eighteen professional Australian Rules Football players (21.9 ± 2.0 years). Design Observational. Methods Training load, perceived ratings of wellness (e.g. fatigue, sleep quality) and salivary cortisol were collected daily. Submaximal exercise heart rate (HRex) and a vagal-related heart rate variability index (LnSD1) were also collected at the start of each training session. Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery level 2 test (Yo-YoIR2, assessed pre-, mid- and post-camp, temperate conditions) and high-speed running distance during standardized drills (HSR, >14.4 km h-1, 4 times throughout, outdoor) were used as performance measures.
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