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Changes In Hormonal And Lipid Profile After A Soccer Match In Male Amateur Players


Bogdanis Gregory, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Athens
Giosos Giannis, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Athens
Papapanagiotou Aggeliki, Medical School, University of Athens
Sotiropoulos Aristomenis, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Athens
Souglis Athanasios, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Athens


This study examined the effects of a soccer match on plasma lipid profile, testosterone, cortisol and creatine kinase. Venous blood samples were taken before and after an official soccer match from twenty amateur soccer players (age: 24.5 ± 3). Blood was analyzed for total Cholesterol (T-C), high- (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), serum triglycerides (TG), apolipoprotein B (APO-B) and AI (APO-AI), serum creatine phosphokinase (CPK) activity, testosterone (T), cortisol (C). CPK (p<0.001), C (p<0.05), APO-A (p=0.004) and HDL (p=0.009) level increased significantly after the match. Also, there was a significant decrease in LDL (p=0.002), APO-B (p= 0.000), TG (p=0.000), T-C (p= 0.000), LDL/HDL ratio (p= 0.001), T-C /HDL ratio (p=0.000), APO-A/APO-B ratio (p=0.019) and LDL/HDL ratio (p=0.000). T concentration decreased, while C concentration increased significantly, resulting in a >50% drop of T to C ratio (p=0.000). This data suggest that intermittent exercise of long duration, such as a soccer match, results in an acute antiatherogenic modification of lipid profile, possibly due to the high aerobic energy expenditure. The increase in C and decrease in T and the consequent large decrease of the T to C ratio, suggest that a soccer match places considerable stress on the endocrine system.


testosterone, cortisol, LDL, HDL, cholesterol, football

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