Match-related time course of perceived recovery in youth football players

Darren J. Paul, Gustavo Tomazoli, George P. Nassis

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Purpose: To examine the reproducibility of the Perceived Recovery Status (PRS) scale in football players and describe the time course of the PRS in response to a football match. Methods: Twenty trained youth players (mean [SD] age = 16.2 [1.2] y, height = 1.75 [0.07] m, body mass = 64.0 [7.8] kg) took part in the study. PRS was collected −2 h and −30 min before and +15 min, +3 h, and +24 h after an international football match. Players were categorized into 2 groups based on their playing time (≤45 and 90 min). Results: Reproducibility of the PRS was high (intraclass correlation coefficient = .83, typical error = 0.59, coefficient of variation = 9.9%) between the 2 prematch measures. Overall, PRS was lower at +15 min (4.0 [1.5]; P < .01, effect size = 2.2) and +3 h (4.7 [1.6]; P < .01, effect size = 1.5) compared with −30 min (7.1 [1.3]); +15 min was lower than +24 h (6.1 [1.3]; P < .01, effect size = 1.5). No differences between groups for PRS scores at any of the time points were found. Conclusions: The PRS is a reproducible tool for monitoring perceptions of recovery to football activity and is sensitive to time-course changes relating to a match. The scale is an easy and efficient tool that can be used to monitor an aspect of recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-342
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Fatigue
  • Fitness
  • Monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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