BLOOD LIPOPROTEIN PROFILE CHANGES OF ELITE HANDBALL PLAYERS FOLLOWING THE SEASONAL PREPARATION PERIOD
İlhan TOKSÖZ1, Kut SARPYENER2, S. Oğuz KARAMIZRAK3
1Trakya University Kırkpınar Physical Education and Sports Department, Edirne, Turkey
2Haliç University, Physical Education and Sports Department, Istanbul, Turkey
3Ege University Medicine Faculty Sports Medicine Department, Izmir, Turkey
Keywords: Preparation trainings, handball players, serum lipoproteins, PWC170
In the present study, it was aimed to investigate the relationship between a training model applied on athletes playing in the Turkish national handball super league, and their serum lipoprotein levels. The six weeks aerobic training preparation for the season was expected to improve the lipoprotein profile. Nine trained elite handball players and ten respective controls participated in the study. Besides physical parameters and physical working capacity (PWC170), blood haemoglobin, serum total cholesterol, its HDL- and LDL- subfractions (HDL-C and LDL-C), and triglycerides (TG) were compared between groups at the start and following the training period. Significant decrease in serum TG (p<0.05), non-significant decreases in total cholesterol and LDL-C, and increases in HDL-C (p>0.05) were observed in athletes, together with significant increases in PWC170 (p<0.001). A decrease in LDL-C (p<0.05) was found for the control group.