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The effects of mental fatigue on cricket-relevant performance among elite players / Darren Veness, Stephen David Patterson, Owen Jeffries, Mark Waldron

Journal of Sports Sciences, Volume: 35, Issue: 24, Pages: 2461 - 2467

Swansea University Author: Mark Waldron

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This study investigated the effects of a mentally fatiguing test on physical tasks among elite cricketers. In a cross-over design, 10 elite male cricket players from a professional club performed a cricket run-two test, a Batak Lite reaction time test and a Yo-Yo-Intermittent Recovery Level 1 (Yo-Yo...

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Published in: Journal of Sports Sciences
ISSN: 0264-0414 1466-447X
Published: Taylor and Francis 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa51502
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Abstract: This study investigated the effects of a mentally fatiguing test on physical tasks among elite cricketers. In a cross-over design, 10 elite male cricket players from a professional club performed a cricket run-two test, a Batak Lite reaction time test and a Yo-Yo-Intermittent Recovery Level 1 (Yo-Yo-IR1) test, providing a rating of perceived exertion (RPE) after completing a 30-min Stroop test (mental fatigue condition) or 30-min control condition. Perceived fatigue was assessed before and after the two conditions and motivation was measured before testing. There were post-treatment differences in the perception of mental fatigue (P < 0.001; d = -7.82, 95% CIs = -9.05-6.66; most likely). Cricket run-two (P = 0.002; d = -0.51, 95% CIs = -0.72-0.30; very likely), Yo-Yo-IR1 distance (P = 0.023; d = 0.39, 95% CIs = 0.14-0.64; likely) and RPE (P = 0.001; d = -1.82, 95% CIs = -2.49-1.14; most likely) were negatively affected by mental fatigue. The Batak Lite test was not affected (P = 0.137), yet a moderate (d = 0.41, 95% CIs = -0.05-0.87) change was likely. Mental fatigue, induced by an app-based Stroop test, negatively affected cricket-relevant performance.
Keywords: Fatigue, cricket, psychobiological, Motivation
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 24
Start Page: 2461
End Page: 2467