The Effect of Stress and Recovery on Field-test Performance in Floorball

H. T. D. van der Does*, M. S. Brink, C. Visscher, B. C. H. Huijgen, W. G. P. Frencken, K. A. P. M. Lemmink

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Physical and psychosocial stress and recovery are important performance determinants. A holistic approach that monitors these performance determinants over a longer period of time is lacking. Therefore this study aims to investigate the effect of a player's physical and psychosocial stress and recovery on field-test performance. In a prospective non-experimental cohort design 10 female Dutch floorball players were monitored over 6 months. To monitor physical and psychosocial stress and recovery, daily training-logs and 3-weekly the Recovery-Stress Questionnaire for Athletes (RESTQ-Sport) were filled out respectively. To determine field-test performance 6 Heart rate Interval Monitoring System (HIMS) and 4 Repeated Modified Agility T-test (RMAT) measurements were performed. Multilevel prediction models were applied to account for within-players and between-players field-test performance changes. The results show that more psychosocial stress and less psychosocial recovery over 3-6 weeks before testing decrease HIMS performance (p0.05). More physical stress over 6 weeks before testing improves RMAT performance (p0.05). In conclusion, physical and psychosocial stress and recovery affect submaximal interval-based running performance and agility up to 6 weeks before testing. Therefore both physical and psychosocial stress and recovery should be monitored in daily routines to optimize performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-465
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2015


  • longitudinal study
  • monitoring
  • agility
  • submaximal interval-based running
  • physical
  • psychosocial

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