Assessment of fatigue in Division I female soccer players by weekly measurement of cognitive speed and power output.
Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Health and Sport Sciences
Exercise Physiology, MS
Swank, Ann Marie
Fatigue; Competitive season; Soccer; Overtraining; Reaction time; Training
Fatigue--Diagnosis; Reaction time--Testing; Physical fitness for women; Women athletes--Physiology
Accumulated fatigue experienced during the competitive season can be detrimental to athletic success. The purpose of the study was to identify a performance test that best correlated with markers of fatigue in an attempt to detect accumulated fatigue. The performance markers included vertical jump height (VJ), peak power output (PPO) and reaction time (RT). The markers of fatigue included weight, stress levels (DALDA), resting heart rate, training load, rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and ratio of RPE to training load. Seventeen female subjects, members of the Division I University of Louisville's soccer team, volunteered to participate. RT, RPE, and 'worse than normal' responses in part A and B of the DALDA questionnaire significantly decreased. RT significantly positively correlated with 'worse than normal' responses in the DALDA questionnaire. This pilot study provides evidence that RT can be used as a tool that identifies markers of fatigue.
Martin, Lisa Christine 1983-, "Assessment of fatigue in Division I female soccer players by weekly measurement of cognitive speed and power output." (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 909.