Hakan ÇEVRİM1, Yonca BİÇER2, Özgür KARATAŞ3, Cebrail GÜRSUL4, Zülfü BİÇER5
1İnönü Üniversitesi Beden Eğitimi ve Spor Yüksekokulu, Malatya
2Fırat Üniversitesi Beden Eğitimi ve Spor Yüksekokulu, Erzincan
3İnönü Üniversitesi Sağlık Kültür Spor Daire Başkanlığı, Malatya
4Erzincan Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Fizyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Erzincan
5Fırat Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi, Erzincan
Keywords: Football players, professional, amateur, training, blood parameters
This paper aims at comparing some blood parameters in amateur and professional soccer players following an acute training session. The professional players (n=10) and their amateur counterparts (n=10) who participated in this study were 20.5 ± 1.4 and 20.6 ± 2.3 year old, respectively. Following full field play and strength training, participants’ venous blood samples were drawn to be analyzed for some parameters. The SPSS 15.0 package software was used for statistics, evaluating group differences by t-test analysis. There were significant differences (p<0.05) for blood erythrocyte (4.85 ± 0.10 vs 5.33 ± 0.14 x 106.µl-1) and thrombocyte (182.6 ± 22.3 vs 295.2 ± 15.2 x 103.µl-1) counts, urae (40.9 ± 3.5 vs 31.3 ± 1.6 mg.dl-1), calcium (8.70 ± 0.35 vs 7.32 ± 0.33 mg.dl-1) and phosphorus (3.42 ± 0.20 vs 7.18 ± 0.11 mg.dl-1) levels among professionals and amateurs players, respectively. Blood leukocyte counts, hemoglobin, cholesterol, triglyceride, and glucose levels were not significantly different. The reasons underlying differences in blood responses of parameters that may be used in performance evaluation are discussed.