Changes in selected biochemical, muscular strength, power, and endurance measures during deliberate overreaching and tapering in Rugby League players

Georg Thieme Verlag
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International Journal of Sports Medicine, 2006, 28 (2), pp. 116 - 124
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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of overreaching on muscle strength, power, endurance and selected biochemical responses in rugby league players. Seven semi-professional rugby league players (V·O2max = 56.1 ± 1.7 mL · kg -1 · min-1; age = 25.7 ± 2.6 yr; BMI = 27.6 ± 2.0) completed 6 weeks of progressive overload training with limited recovery periods. A short 7-day stepwise reduction taper immediately followed the overload period. Measures of muscular strength, power and endurance and selected biochemical parameters were taken before and after overload training and taper. Multistage fitness test running performance was significantly reduced (12.3 %) following the overload period.
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