Monitoring neuromuscular fatigue in team-sport athletes using a cycle-ergometer test

Wehbe, George and Gabbett, Tim and Dwyer, Dan and McLellan, Christopher and Coad, Sam (2015) Monitoring neuromuscular fatigue in team-sport athletes using a cycle-ergometer test. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10 (3). pp. 292-297. ISSN 1555-0265


Purpose: To compare a novel sprint test on a cycle ergometer with a countermovement-jump (CMJ) test for monitoring neuromuscular fatigue after Australian rules football match play. Methods: Twelve elite under-18 Australian rules football players (mean ± SD age 17.5 ± 0.6 y, stature 184.7 ± 8.8 cm, body mass 75.3 ± 7.8 kg) from an Australian Football League club's Academy program performed a short sprint test on a cycle ergometer along with a single CMJ test 1 h prematch and 1, 24, and 48 h postmatch. The cycle-ergometer sprint test involved a standardized warm-up, a maximal 6-s sprint, a 1-min active recovery, and a 2nd maximal 6-s sprint, with the highest power output of the 2 sprints recorded as peak power (PP). Results: There were small to moderate differences between postmatch changes in cycle-ergometer PP and CMJ PP at 1 (ES = 0.49), 24 (ES = -0.85), and 48 h postmatch (ES = 0.44). There was a substantial reduction in cycle-ergometer PP at 24 h postmatch (ES = -0.40) compared with 1 h prematch. Conclusions: The cycle-ergometer sprint test described in this study offers a novel method of neuromuscular-fatigue monitoring in team-sport athletes and specifically quantifies the concentric component of the fatigue-induced decrement of force production in muscle, which may be overlooked by a CMJ test.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: athletic performance; exercise test; football; postmatch fatigue; adolescent; athletic performance; exercise test; humans; male; muscle fatigue; plyometric exercise; running; soccer; time factors
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
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