Biology of Sport
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Investigation of readiness and perceived workload in junior female basketball players during a congested match schedule

Inga Lukonaitienė
1
,
Daniele Conte
1
,
Henrikas Paulauskas
1
,
Vytautas Pliauga
2
,
Rasa Kreivytė
2
,
Jūratė Stanislovaitienė
2
,
Sigitas Kamandulis
1

1.
Institute of Sport Science and Innovations, Lithuanian Sports University, Kaunas, Lithuania
2.
Department of Coaching Science, Lithuanian Sports University, Kaunas, Lithuania
Biol Sport. 2021;38(3):341–349.
Online publish date: 2020/10/23
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This study aimed to: a) investigate the differences in workload and readiness between two junior female national basketball teams competing at different European Championships (EC); b) compare workload, readiness and match performance for players with longer and shorter playing times, and; c) examine the relationship between workload, readiness and match performance variables. Under-18 (U18) (n = 10, height = 179.9 ± 6.6 cm, body mass = 70.2 ± 5.1 kg) and under-20 (U20) female national basketball teams (n = 11, height = 178.4 ± 8.8 cm, body mass = 73.0 ± 9.7 kg) were monitored during congested match schedules encompassing 7 matches within 9 days. Daily workload was determined via the session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE workload); readiness was measured by heart-rate variability (HRV) and well-being (WB); and match performance was assessed using the efficiency statistic and playing time. Analysis of workload and readiness during the EC showed no statistically significant between-team differences in any variables except WB for the U18 team, which was lower on Day 8 compared to the U20 team (p = 0.03; effect size [ES] = large). Players accumulating longer playing time showed a higher sRPE workload (p = 0.01, ES = moderate) and efficiency statistic (p = 0.04, ES = moderate) while no readiness variable differed significantly (p > 0.05) compared to players with shorter playing time. Trivial-to-small correlations were observed between workload, readiness and match performance variables. The study shows that junior female basketball players were able to cope with a congested schedule of 7 matches in 9 days irrespective of the competition context or individual differences in workload. Finally, combining objective and subjective methods to assess workload and readiness is recommended due to the weak relationships observed between these methods.
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Fatigue, HRV, Well-being, Tournament, Monitoring

 
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