Title

Interleukin-6 and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Do Not Vary During the Menstrual Cycle

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if a difference in interleukin-6 (IL-6) and delayed onset muscles soreness (DOMS) exists in two different phases of the menstrual cycle. Nine runners performed one 75-min high-intensity interval running session during the early follicular (EF) phase and once during the midluteal (ML) phase of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen and progesterone levels were significantly reduced in the EF phase when compared to the ML phase. IL-6 levels increased from pre- to postexercise in the EF and ML phases (p < .001). There was no relationship between the IL-6 level and DOMS. The results suggest that menstruating female runners need not vary training throughout the month to reduce DOMS.

Publication Title

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Volume

82

Issue

4

First Page

693

Last Page

701

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/02701367.2011.10599806

Publisher

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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