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Differences in metabolic and cardiac response during recovery in wrestlers of different competitive levels


Kukić Filip, Police Sports Education Center, Abu Dhabi Police.


Wrestling combat causes the body to respond by increased heart rate (HR) and accumulation of blood lactates (La) to near maximum or maximum. The evidence to whether higher proficiency wrestlers perform better and recover faster due to more efficient cardio-metabolic system is scarce. This study aimed to investigate the difference in HR and La response during an initial five minutes of recovery after specific wrestling performance test (SWPT). The sample of male competitive wrestlers of different proficiency were allocated into three groups Level 1 (highest), Level 2, and Level 3 (lowest). Wrestlers performed SWPT and number throws (TnThrows) was recorded, while HR and La were collected during recovery. HR was measured at the end of the test and after five minutes into recovery and relative (%) change (∆HR5min) was recorded. La level was collected three (La3min) and five (La5min) minutes into recovery and used for the analyses. Relative La change (∆La3-5min) was calculated as difference between La3min and La5min. Multiple analysis of variance with the Bonferroni post-hoc (p<0.05) calculated the between-group difference. Level 1 wrestlers performed better (p<0.01) in TnThrows than Level 2 and 3. Level 2 performed better (p<0.01) than Level 3. Level 1 wrestlers had larger (p<0.01) ∆HR5min than the Level 2 and Lever 3. In addition, small to moderate difference occurred in La3min and La5min, with Level 1 having lower values. Wrestlers of higher proficiency had advanced specific adaptation of cardio-metabolic system to perform better and recover faster than the wrestlers of lower proficiency.


wrestling performance, sport physiology, sport biology, heart rate, blood lactate

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