Monitoring fatigue during the in-season competitive phase in elite soccer players

  • Thorpe R
  • Strudwick A
  • Buchheit M
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Purpose: To quantify the relationship between daily training load and a range of potential measures of fatigue in elite soccer players during an in-season competitive phase (17 d). Methods: Total high-intensity-running (THIR) distance, perceived ratings of wellness (fatigue, muscle soreness, sleep quality), countermovement-jump height (CMJ), postexercise heart-rate recovery (HRR), and heart-rate variability (Ln rMSSD) were analyzed during an in-season competitive period (17 d). General linear models were used to evaluate the influence of daily fluctuation in THIR distance on potential fatigue variables. Results: Fluctuations in fatigue (r = -.51, large, P < .001), Ln rMSSD (r = -.24, small, P = .04), and CMJ (r = .23, small, P = .04) were significantly correlated with fluctuations in THIR distance. Correlations between variability in muscle soreness, sleep quality, and HRR and THIR distance were negligible and not statistically significant. Conclusions: Perceived ratings of fatigue and Ln rMSSD were sensitive to daily fluctuations in THIR distance in a sample of elite soccer players. Therefore, these particular markers show promise as simple, noninvasive assessments of fatigue status in elite soccer players during a short in-season competitive phase. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

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  • Performance
  • Recovery
  • Training load
  • Wellness

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  • Anthony J. Strudwick

  • Martin Buchheit

  • Greg Atkinson

  • Barry Drust

  • Warren Gregson

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