Individual recovery profiles in basketball players

Jordi Moreno, Juan Ramos-Castro, Gil Rodas, Joan R. Tarragó, Lluís Capdevila

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© 2017 Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid. In the sport context, recovery has been characterized as a multifactor process (physiological, psychological, behavioral, social, etc.). This study takes a multidisciplinary approach to find psychophysiological markers of the stress-recovery process. It aims to determine how athletes' specific recovery actions relate to their perceptions of recovery, and Heart Rate Variability (HRV). A total of 196 assessments were analyzed from 6 players on a men's professional basketball team within the Liga LEB Oro basketball federation (2012/2013 season). Perceptions of recovery, recovery strategies, and HRV were recorded. The results show a pattern of individual differences in behavior related to athletes' recovery actions and HRV profiles throughout the season (p < .05). Moreover, we observed that each player had different recovery needs. In light of these results, we suggest an individualistic approach to evaluating and monitoring recovery to attend more accurately to each player's recovery needs.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere24
JournalSpanish Journal of Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2015


  • heart rate variability (HRV)
  • individual differences
  • perception of recovery
  • recovery actions


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