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Football-induced fatigue in hypoxia impairs repeated sprint ability and perceptual-cognitive skills

Pullinger, SA, Bradley, PS, Causer, J, Ford, PR, Newlove, A, Patel, K, Reid, K, Robertson, CM, Burniston, JG, Doran, DA, Waterhouse, JM and Edwards, BJ (2019) Football-induced fatigue in hypoxia impairs repeated sprint ability and perceptual-cognitive skills. Science and Medicine in Football, 3 (3). pp. 221-230. ISSN 2473-3938

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Purpose: Investigate football-induced fatigue during hypoxia on RS and perceptual-cognitive skills. Methods: Ten semi-professional footballers underwent a control session (0-m) to quantify RS in a nonfatigued state; and three hypoxia sessions (0-m;1500-m;3000-m) examining RS and perceptual-cognitive skills for a given physical workload. The mean number of correct responses (%) for anticipation and decision-making accuracy were obtained at the 30-min mark of each half. HR, TC, RPE and %O2sat were measured during warm-up, football-induced fatigue and RS test. Results: HR, RPE and %O2sat were different between conditions (ES=0.44-6.13). RS were affected by football-induced fatigue for DC (4.8%; ES=0.68) and AV (5.5%; ES=0.79). In hypoxia, a 6.5% was found for DC, 6.3% for AV and 3.1% for PV at 1500-m compared to 0-m (P<0.05). Further significant changes of 12.8% DC, 12.8% AV and 6.2% PV (P<0.0005) were found at 3000-m compared to 0-m. More pronounced declines in perceptual-cognitive skills were found as altitude increased
(5.0 12.5%; ES=1.17-2.41) and between halves (5.3-6.7%). Conclusion: The data demonstrates the RS test was sensitive to fatigue/hypoxia for a given physical load. Simulated matches in hypoxia revealed larger decreases, in RS and perceptual-cognitive skills, highlighting the need for optimal acclimatisation strategies, including physical and technical preparation, prior to playing at altitude.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 12:36
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2021 11:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/24733938.2019.1591633
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11670

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