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Impact of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage on Performance Test Outcomes in Elite Female Basketball Players

Doma, Kenji1; Leicht, Anthony1; Sinclair, Wade1; Schumann, Moritz2; Damas, Felipe3; Burt, Dean4; Woods, Carl5

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: June 2018 - Volume 32 - Issue 6 - p 1731–1738
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002244
Original Research

Doma, K, Leicht, A, Sinclair, W, Schumann, M, Damas, F, Burt, D, and Woods, C. Impact of exercise-induced muscle damage on performance test outcomes in elite female basketball players. J Strength Cond Res 32(6): 1731–1738, 2018—The purpose of this study was 2-fold: first, to examine the impact of exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) on physical fitness qualities after a basketball-specific training session; second, to determine the reproducibility of the sport-specific performance measures in elite female basketball players. Ten elite female basketball players (age 25.6 ± 4.5 years; height 1.8 ± 0.7 m; and body mass 76.7 ± 8.3 kg) undertook a 90-minute training session involving repeated jumping, sprinting, and game-simulated training. Indirect muscle damage markers (i.e., countermovement jump, delayed onset of muscle soreness [DOMS], and creatine kinase [CK]) and sport-specific performances (i.e., change-of-direction [COD] test and suicide test [ST]) were measured before and 24 hours after training. These measures were also collected 1 week after training to determine the reproducibility of the basketball-specific performance measures. A significant reduction in lower-body power (−3.5 ± 3.6%; p ≤ 0.05), while a significant increase in DOMS (46.7 ± 26.3%; p ≤ 0.05) and CK (57.6 ± 23.1%; p ≤ 0.05) was observed 24 hours after exercise. The ST was also significantly increased (2.1 ± 1.8%; p ≤ 0.05), although no difference was observed for COD (0.1 ± 2.0%; p > 0.05). The intraclass correlation coefficient and coefficient of variation for the COD and ST were 0.81 and 0.90, respectively, and 1.9 and 1.5%, respectively. In conclusion, appropriate recovery should be considered the day after basketball-specific training sessions in elite basketball players. Furthermore, this study showed the usability of performance measures to detect changes during periods of EIMD, with acceptable reproducibility and minimal measurement error.

1Sport & Exercise Science, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia;

2Institute of Cardiovascular Research and Sports Medicine, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany;

3School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paolo, São Paolo, Brazil;

4Sport and Exercise Science, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire, England; and

5College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

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