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New Insights and Perspectives of Controlling the Physical Activity Load: Sports Performance and Health

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2022) | Viewed by 4757

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Health, Economy, Motricity, and Education (HEME) Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, The University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: football training; injury prevention; physiology; physical and sports activities as a strategy to promote a healthy society; physical activity interventions; exercise training physical exercise; physical health; assessment of physical capacity; global health; health; quality of life in groups of subjects and active lifestyle; osteoporosis; fall prevention; body composition
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1. Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
2. HEME Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
3. Department of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81746-7344, Iran
4. Sports Scientist, Sepahan Football Club, Isfahan 81887-78473, Iran
Interests: sports performance; growth of youth and maturation; external load monitoring; training load; well-being; soccer training; injury prevention; strength and conditioning; sports nutrition and supplement; quality of life; reliability; validity of devices
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Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, which is titled "New Insights and Perspectives of Controlling the Physical Activity Load: Sports Performance and Health”.

A growing body of literature is using innovative methods to control the training load in different environments. This is relevant due to the impact of physical and cognitive load on wellbeing, stress, anxiety, or task performance, among other variables. For these reasons, controlling training and physical activity loads is a priority for coaches and clinicians.

Therefore, in the present Special Issue, we aim to publish high-quality original investigations which analyze different innovative methods to control physical load. We look forward to receiving contributions related (but not limited) to the following topics: training load monitoring, cognitive load monitoring, stress and anxiety assessment, neurophysiological indexes to control stress, physical or cognitive load, or recovery process after exercise. We welcome systematic reviews and meta-analyses, study protocols, and original papers. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed by experts in the field by October 2022.

Prof. Dr. Juan Pedro Fuentes García
Prof. Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez
Dr. Santos Villafaina
Dr. Hadi Nobari
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Keywords

  • fatigue
  • cognitive load
  • training load
  • stress
  • recovery
  • anxiety

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A Practical Approach to Assessing Physical Freshness: Utility of a Simple Perceived Physical Freshness Status Scale
by Okba Selmi, Danielle E. Levitt, Filipe Manuel Clemente, Hadi Nobari, Giulia My, Antonella Muscella, Katsuhiko Suzuki and Anissa Bouassida
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5836; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105836 - 11 May 2022
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Background: Monitoring physical freshness is essential in assessing athletes’ conditions during training periods, training sessions, or competitions. To date, no single physical freshness scale has been successfully validated against training load variables and widely used scales measuring different facets of physical freshness. [...] Read more.
Background: Monitoring physical freshness is essential in assessing athletes’ conditions during training periods, training sessions, or competitions. To date, no single physical freshness scale has been successfully validated against training load variables and widely used scales measuring different facets of physical freshness. Objective: In this study, we develop and test the practical utility of a perceived physical freshness (RPF) scale to monitor the condition of the athletes and to prevent excessive fatigue and insufficient recovery during training sessions or competitions. Methods: Sixteen professional male soccer players (mean ± SD age 26 ± 4 years) were enrolled. Training load (TL), monotony, strain, rate of perceived exertion (RPE), well-being indices (sleep, stress, fatigue, and muscle soreness), total quality recovery (TQR) and RPF were determined each day for two weeks of training, including a week intensified training (IW) and a week taper (TW). The validity of the RPF scale was assessed by measuring the level of agreement of a player’s perceived physical freshness relative to their TL variables, recovery state and well-being indices during each training phase (IW and TW) and during the overall training period (TP). Results: RPF increased during the TW compared to IW (ES = 2.31, p < 0.001, large). For the TP, IW and TW, weekly RPF was related to weekly TL (r = −0.81, r = −0.80, r = −0.69, respectively), well-being (r = −0.91, r = −0.82, r = −0.84, respectively) and TQR (r = 0.76, r = 0.91, r = 0.52, respectively), all p < 0.01. For the TP, IW and TW, daily RPF was related to TL (r = −0.75, r = −0.66, r = −0.70, respectively), well-being (r = −0.84, r = −0.81, r = −0.78, respectively) and TQR (r = 0.82, r = 0.81, r = 0.75, respectively), all p < 0.01. Conclusions: RPF was effective for evaluating the professional soccer players’ physical freshness and may be a strategy for coaches to monitor the physical, psycho-physiological, and psychometric state of the players before training session or matches. Full article
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Relationship between Eye Blink Frequency and Incremental Exercise among Young Healthy Men
by Wojciech Paśko, Emilian Zadarko, Tomasz Krzeszowski and Krzysztof Przednowek
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 4362; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074362 - 5 Apr 2022
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The aim of the study was to verify the correlation between the frequency of blinking and aerobic physical exercise. The research subjects were 13 healthy man aged 23.3 ± 1 year. Measurements of the blink rate and eye closure times were performed during [...] Read more.
The aim of the study was to verify the correlation between the frequency of blinking and aerobic physical exercise. The research subjects were 13 healthy man aged 23.3 ± 1 year. Measurements of the blink rate and eye closure times were performed during a progressive aerobic test on a cycle ergometer. During the test, power was gradually increased every minute by 25 W, starting from 50 W. Data acquisition involved using a GoPro camera mounted to the helmet of the research subject. The test continued until the research subject refused to continue. The subjects did not know the goal of the test, in order to ensure objectivity and obtain natural results. The largest number of statistically significant differences was observed between the initial stages and 250 W, as well as between 250 W and 325 W. The analysis showed no significant differences in blink rate, eye closure time, and single blink time in terms of heart rate ranges. Regression models were also determined for eye closure time, blink frequency, and single blink time. The analysis showed that blink frequency and eye closure time were determined by a group of factors (the value of cycle ergometer load power, heart rate, body weight, adipose tissue mass, fat-free mass, and total body water and body surface ratio). Full article
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