STRESS SYMPTOM INCREASES IN AGE-GROUP SWIMMERS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES
Kerr, G., VanHeest, J. L., & Rodgers, C. D. (1998). Changes in psychological and biochemical indices of stress across a competitive season in age-group swimmers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5), Supplement abstract 502.
Age group swimmers (M = 18; f = 12) were assessed at various stages of a competitive season for psychological stresses (Daily analyses of Life Demands for Athletes) and on biochemical factors (salivary IgA and cortisol levels).
Over a five month period there was no difference in the sources of perceived stress, but significant increase in the number of stress symptoms and cortisol levels and a decrease in salivary IgA levels.
Implication. Changes in biochemical indices of stress may be associated with increased reports of symptoms of stress and decline in general health.
Return to Table of Contents for Training for Swimming.