NEUROMUSCULAR AND PERCEPTUAL FATIGUE RESPONSES DURING TWO DIFFERENT MATCH LENGTH MICROCYCLES IN NON ELITE FEMALE UNIVERSITY RUGBY UNION PLAYERS
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The primary aim of this study was to assess the recovery of neuromuscular fatigue, in female university rugby players during two different match length microcycles. This was accomplished by using a series of jump tests, countermovement jump (CMJ), squat jump (SJ) and drop jump (DJ), utilizing the Stretch shortening cycle and a psychological questionnaire, to assess jump performance and the wellbeing of the participants. Six female rugby union players (age 20±1 years) from the Cardiff Metropolitan rugby team were recruited. Each subject underwent physiological measurements of jump performance (vertical jumping for height, using a CMJ, SJ and DJ) and psychological analysis (wellbeing questionnaire), during two different match length microcycles. Statistical analysis of results, with the use of a paired t-test and repeated measures ANOVA to assess intra and inter results significant difference was used, with the significance level set at 95% (p<0.05). Analysis showed significant difference between CMJ results 2 days post game when compared to 3days post game (p<0.05). DJ performance shows that there is a significant difference (p<0.05) 1day post game between the two microcycles. Intra result analysis showed that CMJ performance during the three day microcycle was found all results to be significantly different (p<0.05). DJ performance during the three day microcycle found a significant difference between baseline when compared to 1day post game (p=0.005) and 2days post game (p=0.002) and between pre game when compared to, 1day post game (p=0.013) and 2days post game (p=0.006). Wellbeing results when tested during the two day testing period found that there was a significant difference (p<0.05) when comparing baseline to pre game, 1day post game and 2days post game. Results showed an overall decrease in performance post match, however a greater recovery of performance can be observed during the three day microcycle compared to the two day microcycle.
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