PURPOSE:: To determine changes in wellbeing, recovery and neuromuscular performance during and after an elite women's rugby sevens tournament and assess the influence of match load indicators.
METHODS:: Twelve elite women rugby sevens players (age 25.3±4.1 y, height 169.0±4.0 cm, weight 63.9±4.9 kg, body fat 18.6±2.7 %) performed 5 matches during a two-day tournament of the Women's Rugby Sevens World Series. Perceived wellbeing (fatigue, sleep quality, general muscle soreness, stress levels, mood), total quality of recovery (TQR), and countermovement-jump flight time (CMJ) were measured on match day 1 (MD1), match day 2 (MD2), 1 day post-tournament (D+1) and 2 days post-tournament (D+2). Total distance, low-, moderate- and high-intensity-running (HIR) and physical contacts (PC) during matches were derived of GPS based time-motion analysis and video-based notational analysis, respectively. Internal match load was calculated by session-rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and playing time (RPE x duration).
RESULTS:: Wellbeing (p<.001), fatigue (p<.001), general muscle soreness (p<.001), stress levels (p<.001), mood (p=.005) and TQR (p<.001) were significantly impaired after match day 1 and did not return to baseline values until D+2. More HIR was related to more fatigue (r=-.60; p=.049) and a larger number of PC with more general muscle soreness (r=-.69; p=.013).
CONCLUSION:: Perceived wellbeing and TQR were already impaired after match day 1 while performance was maintained. HIR and PC were predominantly related to fatigue and general muscle soreness, respectively.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International journal of sports physiology and performance|
|Publication status||Published - Sep-2019|