This study examined changes in back squat bar velocity and perceived muscle soreness following a rugby league match simulation protocol. Twenty male rugby league players (age: 19.8 ± 0.7 yrs) were recruited for this study. Back squat bar velocity and perceived muscle soreness of the lower body were collected on four days surrounding a match simulation: -24 h (prior to match simulation), +0 h (after the match simulation), +24 h and +48 h. Compared to baseline (-24h), there were non-significant decreases in maximum (dz=-0.50, moderate) back squat bar velocity +0 h. There was a significant increase in perceived muscle soreness at +0h only (p=0.003). Results suggest that elevated muscle soreness may not indicate impaired neuromuscular performance and highlight the importance of monitoring fatigue via multiple measures to ensure appropriate coaching decisions are made.
Callaghan, Dean; Elsworthy, Nathan; Guy, Joshua; and Kean, Crystal O.
"CHANGES IN BACK SQUAT BAR VELOCITY AND PERCEIVED MUSCLE SORENESS FOLLOWING A STANDARDISED RUGBY LEAGUE MATCH SIMULATION,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 41:
1, Article 17.
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