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Purpose: To compare the posttraining recovery timeline of elite Brazilian futsal athletes before (Pre-PS) and after 10 weeks of the preseason (Post-PS) period of high-intensity technical–tactical training. Methods: At the start (n = 13) and at the end of the preseason (n = 7), under-20 male futsal players undertook fitness testing for maximal aerobic power, the countermovement jump (CMJ), and the 10-m sprint with change of direction. Furthermore, at both Pre-PS and Post-PS, the players participated in a training session where performance and psychophysiological measures were recorded before, immediately, 3, 24, and 48 hours postsession. The measures included CMJ, 10-m sprint, creatine kinase, Total Quality Recovery Scale, and Brunel Mood Scale. Effect size (ES) analyses compared fitness and posttraining recovery values for each parameter at Pre-PS versus Post-PS. Results: Only trivial ES (−0.02 to 0.11) was evident in maximal aerobic power, CMJ, and 10-m sprint at Post-PS compared with Pre-PS. For the timeline of recovery, only trivial and small ESs were evident for the 10-m sprint (−0.12 to 0.49), though CMJ recovery was improved at 3 hours (0.87) and 48 hours (1.27) at Post-PS and creatine kinase was lower at 48 hours (−1.33) at Post-PS. Perception of recovery was improved in Post-PS at 3 hours (1.50) and 24 hours postsession (0.92). Furthermore, perception of effort was lower immediately after the session (−0.29), fatigue was lower at 3 hours (−0.63), and vigor responses were improved in all postseason assessments (0.59 to 1.13). Conclusion: Despite minimal changes in fitness, preseason training attenuated players’ perception of effort and fatigue and improved their recovery profile following a high-intensity technical–tactical training session.

Wilke, Wanner, Penna, Maia-Lima, Santos, Müller-Ribeiro, Mendes, Bruzzi, and Ramos are with the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Wilke and Duffield are with the Sport and Exercise Discipline Group, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Wilke is also with the Unified Center for Identification and Development of High-Performance Athletes (CUIDAR), Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Penna is also with the Universidade Federal do Pará, Castanhal, Brazil. Mendes is with the Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Pinheiro, Brazil. Ramos is also with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nakamura is also with the Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil, and the Dept of Medicine and Aging Sciences, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti-Pescara, Italy.

Wilke (carol_wilke@hotmail.com) is corresponding author.
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