Physiological and cognitive evaluation of the stress-recovery process in the pre-olympic preparation of elite athletes

Julio César Cervantes, Dani Florit, Eva Parrado, Gil Rodas, Lluís Capdevila

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to obtain markers of the stress-recovery process based on the changes in heart rate variability and cognitive aspects due to strenuous training. Mood state, early signs of overtraining, and heart rate variability were evaluated in the Spanish National Hockey team players. Data were collected during a preparatory period for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on two separate occasions: (a) after a short recovery period, and (b) after a day of strenuous training. The indices related to the parasympathetic activity and to a high variability of heart rate were negatively correlated with the scores from the standardized questionnaire (CE) of the "Société Francaise de Médicine du Sport" (SFMS). After strenuous training, the vagal-related heart rate variability indices decreased, while fatigue subscale scores from the POMS increased. An evaluation method that can simultaneously provide objective (HRV) and subjective measures for the long-term stress-recovery process in elite players (early signs of overtraining or non-functional overtraining with a questionnaire (CE); and for the short-term stress-recovery process, functional overtraining with POMS) is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-117
JournalCultura, Ciencia y Deporte
Volume4
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Heart rate variability analysis
  • Overreaching
  • Overtraining
  • Psychological evaluation

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