The main purpose was to compare by each training the mental load and fatigue reported by semi-professional soccer players comparing between regular season-phase and the play-offs. 53 players (Mage=24.59 years) for two teams participated during the 2020/21 season. Mental load was measured with a Likert questionnaire. Mental fatigue was quantified with a Visual Analogue Scale. Four trainings were recorded each week (Monday=MD+1, Wednesday=MD-4, Thursday=MD-3 and Saturday=MD-1), with a competitive match on Sunday across 10-weeks (five dates of regular season – five dates of play-offs). A Linear Mixed Model was performed with R-studio, using the training days and the competitive phase as independent variables. The influence of time played as co-variable was also checked. Results showed MD+1 as the more mentally fatiguing day in both phases, although MD-4 were the training with higher mental load reported (p = .001). Comparing phases, mental fatigue was significantly higher during the play-offs (p = .037). With regard time played, players that did not usually play showed a decrease in mental load during the play-off´s. Then, we recommend coaches to use recovery strategies for mental fatigue, avoid mentally fatiguing tasks close to competition and considerer the time played as a factor which may contribute to individual differences in player mental fatigue.

Mental fatigue changes from regular season to play-offs in semiprofessional soccer: A comparison by trainings days / J. Díaz-García, L. Filipas, A. La Torre, J. Gómez-Rivera, A. Rubio-Morales, T. García-Calvo. - In: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS. - ISSN 1600-0838. - (2023). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1111/sms.14301]

Mental fatigue changes from regular season to play-offs in semiprofessional soccer: A comparison by trainings days

L. Filipas
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A. La Torre;
2023

Abstract

The main purpose was to compare by each training the mental load and fatigue reported by semi-professional soccer players comparing between regular season-phase and the play-offs. 53 players (Mage=24.59 years) for two teams participated during the 2020/21 season. Mental load was measured with a Likert questionnaire. Mental fatigue was quantified with a Visual Analogue Scale. Four trainings were recorded each week (Monday=MD+1, Wednesday=MD-4, Thursday=MD-3 and Saturday=MD-1), with a competitive match on Sunday across 10-weeks (five dates of regular season – five dates of play-offs). A Linear Mixed Model was performed with R-studio, using the training days and the competitive phase as independent variables. The influence of time played as co-variable was also checked. Results showed MD+1 as the more mentally fatiguing day in both phases, although MD-4 were the training with higher mental load reported (p = .001). Comparing phases, mental fatigue was significantly higher during the play-offs (p = .037). With regard time played, players that did not usually play showed a decrease in mental load during the play-off´s. Then, we recommend coaches to use recovery strategies for mental fatigue, avoid mentally fatiguing tasks close to competition and considerer the time played as a factor which may contribute to individual differences in player mental fatigue.
applied sporting practice; cognitive fatigue; longitudinal; mental load; real soccer matches; soccer demands
Settore M-EDF/02 - Metodi e Didattiche delle Attivita' Sportive
5-gen-2023
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