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Heart Rate Variability Relates with Competition Performance in Professional Soccer Players

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Cardiological Center, S. Anna University Hospital, 44124 Ferrara, Italy
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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Ferrara, 44121 Ferrara, Italy
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Received: 24 November 2020 / Revised: 21 December 2020 / Accepted: 8 January 2021 / Published: 10 January 2021
Background: Heart rate variability (HRV) is widely used in professional soccer players as a tool to assess individual response to training load. Different devices and methods are available for HRV assessment. The relationship between HRV and competitive soccer matches performance is not documented. Methods: We monitored HRV in professional soccer players throughout a game season. Measurements were performed with a portable lightweight device in weekly 5 min sessions from which we obtained the value of the square root of the mean squared differences of successive beat-to-beat intervals (rMSSD). Game parameters of run and velocity were collected. Results: Twenty-seven players were monitored with a total of 121 observations. The rMSSD significantly related with the total distance covered (p = 0.036) and with the distance covered running at >15 km/h (p = 0.039) during soccer games. Conclusions: HRV was associated with competition performance in professional soccer players. View Full-Text
Keywords: heart rate variability; rMSSD; sport; soccer; football; athletes; performance heart rate variability; rMSSD; sport; soccer; football; athletes; performance
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Malagù, M.; Vitali, F.; Rizzo, U.; Brieda, A.; Zucchetti, O.; Verardi, F.M.; Guardigli, G.; Bertini, M. Heart Rate Variability Relates with Competition Performance in Professional Soccer Players. Hearts 2021, 2, 36-44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/hearts2010004

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Malagù M, Vitali F, Rizzo U, Brieda A, Zucchetti O, Verardi FM, Guardigli G, Bertini M. Heart Rate Variability Relates with Competition Performance in Professional Soccer Players. Hearts. 2021; 2(1):36-44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/hearts2010004

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Malagù, Michele; Vitali, Francesco; Rizzo, Ugo; Brieda, Alessandro; Zucchetti, Ottavio; Verardi, Filippo M.; Guardigli, Gabriele; Bertini, Matteo. 2021. "Heart Rate Variability Relates with Competition Performance in Professional Soccer Players" Hearts 2, no. 1: 36-44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/hearts2010004

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