Seasonal changes in body composition of inter-county Gaelic Athletic Association hurlers

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Title translated into German:Saisonale Veränderungen der Körperzusammensetzung bei Hurling-Sportlern, die innerhalb der Gaelic Athletic Association gegeneinander antreten
Author:Davies, Robert W.; Toomey, Clodagh; McCormack, William; O’Neill, Cian; Hughes, Katie; Jakeman, Philip
Published in:Journal of sports sciences
Published:35 (2017), 24, S. 2427-2432, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Electronic resource (online) Print resource
ISSN:0264-0414, 1466-447X
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Identification number:PU201710009055


Longitudinal change in body composition for elite-level inter-county hurlers was reported over a single season and four consecutive seasons. Body composition measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) of 66 senior, male, outfield players was obtained. Four successive measurements were taken: off-season (OFF1), pre-season (PRE), mid-season (MID) and the off-season of the following season (OFF2). A subsample of 11 hurlers were measured at all time points over 4 consecutive seasons. DXA-derived estimates of fat and lean mass were normalised to stature for analysis (kg∙m‒2); data are (mean [lower: upper, 95% confidence interval]). A concurrent increase of lean mass (0.31 [0.19: 0.43] kg∙m‒2) and loss of fat mass occurred (−0.38 [−0.50: −0.26] kg∙m‒2) OFF1 to PRE. Lean mass accrual was maintained PRE to OFF2 while the initial loss of fat mass was restored MID to OFF2 (0.52 [0.40: 0.64] kg ∙ m‒2), with the trunk acting as the primary region of change. Over the four seasons, a net increase of lean mass was observed (~ 0.9 [0.4: 1.4] kg per annum) with a negligible overall change for fat mass over time. However, the cycling of fat mass (OFF to PRE and MID to OFF) within each season was recurrent season-to-season.