Musculoskeletal health profile for elite female footballers versus untrained young women before and after 16 weeks of football training

SR Jackman, S Scott, MB Randers, C Orntoft, J Blackwell, A Zar, EW Helge, M Mohr, P Krustrup

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Abstract

We investigated the musculoskeletal health profile of elite female football players (ET) in comparison to untrained (UT)
young women subjected to 16 weeks of football training (2 × 1 h per week). DXA scans, blood sampling, sprint testing and
Flamingo postural balance testing were carried out for 27 Danish national team players and 28 untrained women, with eight
women being tested after training. At baseline total BMD and BMC were 13% (1.305 ± 0.050 versus 1.159 ± 0.056
g · cm−2
) and 23% (3047 ± 235 versus 2477 ± 526 g) higher (P (P 19.9 ± 9.9 µg · L−1
, P with UT, with no difference in total body mass. The number of Flamingo test falls was 56–63% less (P sprinting speed was 31% faster (P increased by 1.4 ± 0.5 kg and the number of left leg falls decreased by 29% (P BMD or BMC, but plasma osteocalcin increased (P impressive musculoskeletal health profile compared with untrained controls, but short-term football training seems to
reduce the risk of falls and increase bone formation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1468-1471
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume31
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • lean body mass
  • BMC
  • BMD
  • osteocalcin
  • postural balance
  • sprint performance
  • female
  • football

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