Home > Journals > The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness > Past Issues > The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2018 March;58(3) > The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2018 March;58(3):341-7

CURRENT ISSUE
 

JOURNAL TOOLS

eTOC
To subscribe
Submit an article
Recommend to your librarian
 

ARTICLE TOOLS

Publication history
Reprints
Permissions
Cite this article as

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE  EXERCISE AND SPORT CARDIOLOGY 

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2018 March;58(3):341-7

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.16.06783-9

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Cardiac parasympathetic reactivation after small-sided soccer games and repeated sprints in untrained healthy adolescents

Amri HAMMAMI 1 , Sofien KASMI 2, Narimen YOUSFI 2, Marwa BOUAMRA 2, Zouhaier TABKA 1, Ezdine BOUHLEL 1

1 Laboratory of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia; 2 Research Laboratory on Sport Performance Optimization, National Center of Medicine and Sciences in Sport (CNMSS), Tunis, Tunisia


PDF


BACKGROUND: It has been shown that recreational soccer was a highly motivating and social activity which produces large improvements in health-related indices in sedentary healthy and unhealthy subjects. The purpose of this study was to compare the acute parasympathetic reactivation after small-sided soccer games (SSG) and repeated sprints training (RST) sessions.
METHODS: Eight post-pubertal untrained adolescents (age 15.8±0.6 years, body mass 59.1±3.7 kg, height 1.7±0.1 m) performed a RST, SSG and a control session in a counterbalanced order. Heart rate variability (HRV) indices in time and frequency domain, heart rate recovery and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were evaluated.
RESULTS: RPE was significantly lower after SSG compared with RST (P=0.02, ES=1.1). There was a significant decrease in mean R-R intervals after RST (difference: -19.6%, P<0.01, ES=1.7) and after SSG (-19.2%, P<0.01, ES=2.3). A significant decrease was also noted in SDNN after RST (-26.6%, P=0.02, ES=1.8) and SSG (-37.8%, P=0.01, ES=1.1). For RMSSD, a significant decrease was observed only after SSG (48%, P=0.01, ES=1.3). No significant change in all HRV indices after the control condition.
CONCLUSIONS: SSG and RST elicited high and similar heart rates responses. A low parasympathetic reactivation during early recovery was noted after both RST and SSG. These results were important especially for clinician looking to prescribe repeated sprint or small-sided game for sedentary subjects.


KEY WORDS: Soccer - Recreational games - Heart rate - Adolescent - Sedentary lifestyle

top of page