Season-long increases in perceived muscle soreness in professional rugby league players: role of player position, match characteristics and playing surface

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/603626
Title:
Season-long increases in perceived muscle soreness in professional rugby league players: role of player position, match characteristics and playing surface
Authors:
Fletcher, Ben D.; Twist, Craig; Haigh, Julian; Brewer, Clive; Morton, James P.; Close, Graeme L.
Abstract:
Rugby League (RL) is a high-impact collision sport characterised by repeated sprints and numerous high-speed impacts and consequently players often report immediate and prolonged muscle soreness in the days after a match. We examined muscle soreness after matches during a full season to understand the extent to which match characteristics influence soreness. Thirty-one elite Super League players provided daily measures of muscle soreness after each of the 26 competitive fixtures of the 2012 season. Playing position, phase of the season, playing surface and match characteristics were recorded from each match. Muscle soreness peaked at day 1 and was still apparent at day 4 post-game with no attenuation in the magnitude of muscle soreness over the course of the season. Neither playing position, phase of season or playing surface had any effects on the extent of muscle soreness. Playing time and total number of collisions were significantly correlated with higher ratings of muscle soreness, especially in the forwards. These data indicate the absence of a repeated bout effect or ‘contact adaptations’ in elite rugby players with soreness present throughout the entire season. Strategies must now be implemented to deal with the physical and psychological consequences of prolonged feeling of pain
Affiliation:
Liverpool John Moores University; University of Chester
Citation:
Fletcher, B. D., Twist, C., Haigh, J., Brewer, C., Morton, J. P., & Close, G. L. (2015). Season-long increases in perceived muscle soreness in professional rugby league players: role of player position, match characteristics and playing surface. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34(11), 1067-1072. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Journal of Sports Sciences
Publication Date:
14-Sep-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/603626
DOI:
10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 14/09/2015, available online: DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166
EISSN:
1466-447X
Appears in Collections:
Sport and Exercise Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorFletcher, Ben D.en
dc.contributor.authorTwist, Craigen
dc.contributor.authorHaigh, Julianen
dc.contributor.authorBrewer, Cliveen
dc.contributor.authorMorton, James P.en
dc.contributor.authorClose, Graeme L.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-24T15:39:00Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-24T15:39:00Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09-14en
dc.identifier.citationFletcher, B. D., Twist, C., Haigh, J., Brewer, C., Morton, J. P., & Close, G. L. (2015). Season-long increases in perceived muscle soreness in professional rugby league players: role of player position, match characteristics and playing surface. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34(11), 1067-1072. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/603626en
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 14/09/2015, available online: DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166en
dc.description.abstractRugby League (RL) is a high-impact collision sport characterised by repeated sprints and numerous high-speed impacts and consequently players often report immediate and prolonged muscle soreness in the days after a match. We examined muscle soreness after matches during a full season to understand the extent to which match characteristics influence soreness. Thirty-one elite Super League players provided daily measures of muscle soreness after each of the 26 competitive fixtures of the 2012 season. Playing position, phase of the season, playing surface and match characteristics were recorded from each match. Muscle soreness peaked at day 1 and was still apparent at day 4 post-game with no attenuation in the magnitude of muscle soreness over the course of the season. Neither playing position, phase of season or playing surface had any effects on the extent of muscle soreness. Playing time and total number of collisions were significantly correlated with higher ratings of muscle soreness, especially in the forwards. These data indicate the absence of a repeated bout effect or ‘contact adaptations’ in elite rugby players with soreness present throughout the entire season. Strategies must now be implemented to deal with the physical and psychological consequences of prolonged feeling of painen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2015.1088166en
dc.subjectDOMSen
dc.subjectPainen
dc.titleSeason-long increases in perceived muscle soreness in professional rugby league players: role of player position, match characteristics and playing surfaceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1466-447Xen
dc.contributor.departmentLiverpool John Moores University; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Sports Sciencesen
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