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Musculoskeletal health profile for elite female footballers versus untrained young women before and after 16 weeks of football training

Published on Sep 1, 2013in Journal of Sports Sciences2.811
· DOI :10.1080/02640414.2013.796066
Sarah R. Jackman17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Exeter),
Suzanne Scott5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Exeter)
+ 6 AuthorsPeter Krustrup60
Estimated H-index: 60
(University of Exeter)
Abstract
Abstract We investigated the musculoskeletal health profile of elite female football players (ET) in comparison to untrained (UT) young women subjected to 16 weeks of football training (2 × 1 h per week). DXA scans, blood sampling, sprint testing and Flamingo postural balance testing were carried out for 27 Danish national team players and 28 untrained women, with eight women being tested after training. At baseline total BMD and BMC were 13% (1.305 ± 0.050 versus 1.159 ± 0.056 g · cm−2) and 23% (3047 ± 235 versus 2477 ± 526 g) higher (P <0.001) and leg BMD and BMC were 24 and 28% higher (P <0.01) in ET than in UT. Resting plasma osteocalcin was 45% higher in ET than in UT (28.8 ± 10.9 versus 19.9 ± 9.9 µg · L−1, P <0.05). Total lean body mass was 14% higher (50.4 ± 3.3 versus 44.3 ± 4.0 kg) in ET compared with UT, with no difference in total body mass. The number of Flamingo test falls was 56–63% less (P <0.01) and 30 m sprinting speed was 31% faster (P <0.001) in ET than UT. After 16 weeks of football t...
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