How mentally fatiguing are consecutive world padel tour matches?

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Díaz-García, J., González-Ponce, Inmaculada, López-Gajardo, M., Van Cutsem, Jeroen, Roelands, B. and García-Calvo, T. 2021. How mentally fatiguing are consecutive world padel tour matches? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (17). https://doi.org/ijerph18179059
AuthorsDíaz-García, J., González-Ponce, Inmaculada, López-Gajardo, M., Van Cutsem, Jeroen, Roelands, B. and García-Calvo, T.
AbstractIt is currently unknown whether mental fatigue occurs throughout a WPT competition and whether consecutive matches affect how mentally fatiguing a match is perceived to be. The objective was to quantify the effects of successive professional matches on mental fatigue. A total of 14 professional players (9 males, Mage = 25, 5 females, Mage = 21) participated during qualified rounds of a WPT with three eliminatory matches: Match 1 (morning) and 2 (afternoon) on day 1 ( = 14), Match 3 (morning) on day 2 ( = 6). Mental fatigue and motivation, with scales, and reaction time, with a 3-min Psychomotor Vigilance Test, were measured at two time intervals (pre and post matches (<30 min)). To analyze the evolution of these variables, a two-way repeated measures MANOVA was performed. An increase in mental fatigue from pre- to post-matches was observed ( < 0.01), with an accumulation of mental fatigue between matches played on day 1 ( < 0.01), maximizing the mental fatigue perceived during Match 2. Padel matches impair motivation and reaction time ( = 0.04), without effects between successive matches, which reinforced the idea that mental fatigue may impair padel performance (i.e., reaction time). Coaches should use training interventions and recovery strategies to counteract/avoid the accumulation of mental fatigue during professional tournaments.
KeywordsProfessional padel; Racket sports; Mental effort; Motivation; Reaction time; Racquet sports
Year2021
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal citation18 (17)
PublisherMDPI
ISSN1660-4601
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/ijerph18179059
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179059
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179059
FunderMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación
Consejería de Educación y Empleo, Junta de Extremadura
Publication dates
Online27 Aug 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted25 Aug 2021
Deposited29 Sep 2021
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