Changes of pituitary, adrenal and gonadal hormones during competition among female soccer players

K. Aizawa, C. Nakahori, Takayuki Akimoto, F. Kimura, K. Hayashi, I. Kono, N. Mesaki

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Aim. This study was intended to investigate various hormones during competition among female athletes. Methods. Subjects were elite female soccer players (n=9). Blood samples and profiles of mood states (POMS) were obtained before (Pre), during 3 days of competition (Competition), and after competition (Post-3 days). Serum concentrations were determined for dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), cortisol (C), prolactin (PRL), testosterone (T), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), luteinising hormone (LH), and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Results. Levels of C and PRL increased significantly during competition (2nd: P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-327
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun



  • Female
  • HPA and HPg axis
  • Soccer
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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