Recovery Kinetics of Knee Flexor and Extensor Strength after a Football Match

Dimitrios Draganidis, Athanasios Chatzinikolaou, Alexandra Avloniti, José C. Barbero-Álvarez, Magni Mohr, Paraskevi Malliou, Vassilios Gourgoulis, Chariklia K. Deli, Ioannis I. Douroudos, Konstantinos Margonis, Asimenia Gioftsidou, Andreas D. Flouris, Athanasios Z. Jamurtas, Yiannis Koutedakis, Ioannis G. Fatouros

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We examined the temporal changes of isokinetic strength performance of knee flexor (KF) and extensor (KE) strength after a football match. Players were randomly assigned to a control (N = 14, participated only in measurements and practices) or an experimental group (N = 20, participated also in a football match). Participants trained daily during the two days after the match. Match and training overload was monitored with GPS devices. Venous blood was sampled and muscle damage was assessed pre-match, post-match and at 12h, 36h and 60h post-match. Isometric strength as well as eccentric and concentric peak torque of knee flexors and extensors in both limbs (dominant and non-dominant) were measured on an isokinetic dynamometer at baseline and at 12h, 36h and 60h after the match. Functional (KFecc/KEcon) and conventional (KFcon/KEcon) ratios were then calculated. Only eccentric peak torque of knee flexors declined at 60h after the match in the control group. In the experimental group: a) isometric strength of knee extensors and knee flexors declined (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0128072
JournalPloS one
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2015


  • sports
  • body limbs
  • knees
  • torque
  • running
  • heart rate
  • acceleration
  • fatigue


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