A Feasibility Study

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  • Title: A Feasibility Study: Using Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Self-Assessments in Collegiate Swimming to Determine Overtraining
  • Author(s): Victor Romano, Matthew J Arnold, Jennifer Lee
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Sport & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Sport and Society
  • Keywords: Fatigue, Assessment, Overtraining, Swimmers, College
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2152-7857 (Print)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2152-7857/CGP/v10i02/1-9
  • Citation: Romano, Victor, Matthew J Arnold, and Jennifer Lee. 2019. "A Feasibility Study: Using Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Self-Assessments in Collegiate Swimming to Determine Overtraining." The International Journal of Sport and Society 10 (2): 1-9. doi:10.18848/2152-7857/CGP/v10i02/1-9.
  • Extent: 9 pages

Abstract

For an athlete to achieve peak performance, a balance between rest and training must be fine-tuned to promote the desired performance. This creates an important correlation between swimming and fatigue because the slightest imbalance can cause an athlete to touch one-hundredth of a second behind another. A group of nineteen division II collegiate swimmers were tested for resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, resting blood lactate levels, and two different chronic fatigue syndrome self-assessments (Fatigue Severity Scale and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Biometric data showed no correlation to muscular fatigue as assessed by an overhead squat analysis or muscular endurance assessments. However, both self-reported assessments used showed a strong correlation (p < 0.05) in measured fatigue indicators in collegiate swimmers. Both self-reported assessments showed a strong statistical correlation that these assessments can be used for quick assessment of fatigue in competitive swimmers.