Acute effects of brief mindfulness intervention coupled with carbohydrate ingestion to re-energize soccer players: A randomized crossover trial

Yuxin ZHU, Fenghua SUN, Chunxiao LI, Hung Kay Daniel CHOW

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Abstract

Background: This field experiment investigated the acute effects of brief mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) coupled with carbohydrate (CHO) intake on players’ recovery from half-time break in a simulated soccer competition. Methods: In a single-blinded randomized crossover experiment, 14 male players received 3 treatments (Control: non-carbohydrate solution + travelling introduction audio; CHO: CHO–electrolyte solution + travelling introduction audio; and CHO_M: CHO–electrolyte solution + MBI) during simulated half-time breaks. Vertical jump, sprint performance, mindfulness level, rate of perceived exertion, muscle pain, mental fatigue, blood glucose, and lactate were measured immediately before, during, and after the exercise. Results: (1) MBI significantly increased participants’ mindfulness level (Control vs. CHO_M, p < 0.01; CHO vs. CHO_M, p < 0.01) and decreased mental fatigue for CHO_M condition (pre vs. post, p < 0.01); (2) participants in the CHO_M condition performed better in the repeated sprint tests than in the Control and CHO condition (Control vs. CHO_M, p = 0.02; CHO vs. CHO_M, p = 0.02). Conclusion: Findings of this study provide preliminary evidence of the positive effect of MBI coupled with CHO ingestion on athletes’ recovery from fatigue in the early stage of the second half of a game. Copyright © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9037
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2020

Citation

Zhu, Y., Sun, F., Li, C., & Chow, D. H. K. (2020). Acute effects of brief mindfulness intervention coupled with carbohydrate ingestion to re-energize soccer players: A randomized crossover trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(23). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239037

Keywords

  • Recovery
  • Team sport
  • Fatigue
  • PG student publication

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