• Associated factors to fatigue perception in college athletes during the sanitary alert due to COVID-19

      Moscoso Porras, Miguel Giancarlo; Herrera Castro, Paulo Cesar; Sanchez Barrientos, Karla Andrea (Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)PE, 2020-10-08)
      Background: Sports practice has been affected by confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fact could cause a detraining effect and vary the levels of physical effort, habits and of physical activity in athletes. These factors could influence the degree of adaptation to physical exercise, increase the fatigue perception and be a difficulty when the athletes return to regular workouts. Objectives: To determine the associated factors to fatigue in college team-sports athletes in the COVID-19 pandemic context. Methods: Analytical cross-sectional observational study in team-sports college athletes. Data collection was done through self-administered questionnaires and phone calls. Adapted Visual Analogue Fatigue Scale (VAS-F), Rating of Perceived Exertion (Borg Scale) and a survey with questions about habits and demographic characteristics were used. VAS-F was applied two times, at the beginning and the end of the day. Bivariate linear regression models were used to evaluate the associated factors. Results: 95 athletes met the inclusion criteria, 60% of them were male. Likewise, 95% of the participants kept training at home and the majority maintained a high level of physical activity. Male athletes presented on average 9.78 points less of fatigue perception at the end of the day than women. No association was found between the fatigue perception and physical effort, nor the level of physical activity. Conclusions: Fatigue perception is a phenomenon that is not associated with the level of physical activity and perception of physical effort. In this study, differences in fatigue perception were found in accordance to gender and practiced sport.
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