Changes in Body Composition and Bone of Female Collegiate Soccer Players Through the Competitive Season and Off-season
OBJECTIVES: To assess body composition and bone changes pre- to post-season (pre-post) and post- to off-season (post-off) in female soccer athletes (SC).
METHODS: Outcomes were assessed using DXA and pQCT in 23 SC and 17 controls at three times throughout season.
RESULTS: SC, non-starters in particular, lost lean mass pre-post (-0.9±0.2 kg, p
CONCLUSION: Soccer players lost lean mass over the competitive season that was not recovered during off-season. Bone size increased pre- to post-season. Female soccer athletes experience body composition and bone geometry changes that differ depending on the time of season and on athlete's playing status. Evaluations of athletes at key times across the training season are necessary to understand changes that occur.
Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions
Minett, M. M.; Binkley, T. B.; Weidauer, L. A.; and Specker, B. L., "Changes in Body Composition and Bone of Female Collegiate Soccer Players Through the Competitive Season and Off-season" (2017). Health and Nutritional Sciences Faculty Publications. 225.