The effect of mental fatigue on the performance of Australian football specific skills amongst amateur athletes

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Weerakkody, N. S., Taylor, C. J., Bulmer, C. L., Hamilton, D. B., Gloury, J., O’Brien, N. J., Saunders, J. H., Harvey, S. and Patterson, T. A.. (2021). The effect of mental fatigue on the performance of Australian football specific skills amongst amateur athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 24(6), pp. 592-596. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.12.003
AuthorsWeerakkody, N. S., Taylor, C. J., Bulmer, C. L., Hamilton, D. B., Gloury, J., O’Brien, N. J., Saunders, J. H., Harvey, S. and Patterson, T. A.
Abstract

Objectives
This study investigated the effects of induced mental fatigue on the performance of Australian football (AF) specific skills amongst amateur AF players.

Design
Randomised cross over trial.

Methods
Twenty-five amateur AF players performed a series of standardised tests from the Australian Football League (AFL) Draft Combine after completing a 30-min Stroop test (mental fatigue condition) or 30-min control condition. The AFL Draft Combine tests included the standing vertical jump test, running vertical jump test, agility test, 20 m sprint, Matthew Lloyd clean hands test, Brad Johnson goal kicking test and a Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Level 1 (Yo-Yo IR1) test.

Results
The Stroop test score decreased during the Stroop test (first five trials: mean = 84.7, SD = 3.5; last five trials: mean = 82.2, SD = 5.0, p = 0.03). The Yo-Yo IR1 test (mental fatigue: median = 920 m, IQR = 400; control: median = 1040 m, IQR = 760; p = 0.03) and Brad Johnson goalkicking test (mental fatigue: median = 19.0, IQR = 5.0; control: median = 25.0, IQR = 10.0, p = 0.048) were negatively affected by mental fatigue. No other Draft Combine tests demonstrated a negative affect from mental fatigue.

Conclusions
Mental fatigue had a detrimental influence on the performance of AF specific skills. The findings may have implications for AF players who are required to sustain attention and concentration for prolonged periods before and during matches.

Keywordsmental fatigue; Australian football; psychobiological
Year2021
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Journal citation24 (6), pp. 592-596
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN1440-2440
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.12.003
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85098688706
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Page range592-596
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Accepted04 Dec 2020
Deposited19 Aug 2021
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