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Medicina dello Sport 2016 September;69(3):344-53

language: English, Italian

Oxidative stress levels in collegiate soccer players: a comparison between artificial and natural turf surfaces

Alper GÜMÜŞ 1, Soner AKKURT 2, Cihan COŞKUN 1, Mehmet KARAKUŞ 2, Serdar SUCAN 3, Tolga SAKA 4, Hümeyra Ö. EMRE 1, Muhammed E. DÜZ 1, Macit KOLDAŞ 1

1 Medical Biochemistry Laboratory, Haseki Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey; 2 Department of Sports Medicine, Medical Faculty, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey; 3 Physical Education and Sports High School, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey; 4 Department of Sports Medicine, Medical Faculty, Bezmialem Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey


BACKGROUND: Artificial turf surfaces are now an established alternative to natural turf surfaces for soccer. The aim of our study was to compare the influence of artificial and natural surfaces on oxidative stress biomarker levels in collegiate soccer players.
METHODS: Two matches were played by the same teams under FIFA rules; one game was played on a third-generation artificial turf surface, and the other was played on natural turf. Blood samples were collected before the match, immediately after the match and 72 hours later. The advanced oxidation protein products, malondialdehyde, total oxidant status and total antioxidant status levels were measured.
RESULTS: The advanced oxidation protein products and total oxidant status levels were significantly different between the groups at the 72-hour time point (P=0.047, P<0.001). We detected no significant differences in the malondialdehyde and total antioxidant status levels between the groups.
CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that the surface on which soccer is played influences the oxidative stress levels.

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