Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2013) 12, 282 - 289

Research article
Exercise Training-Induced Changes in Inflammatory Mediators and Heat Shock Proteins in Young Tennis Players
Ewa Ziemann1, , Agnieszka Zembroñ-Lacny2, Anna Kasperska2, Jȩdrzej Antosiewicz3, Tomasz Grzywacz1,5, Tomasz Garsztka4, Radoslaw Laskowski1,5
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1 Department of Physiology, Poland;
2 Faculty of Physical Culture Gorzow Wlkp, Poland;
3 Department of Sport Psychology, Poland;
4 Department of Kinesiology, Poznan, Poland;
5 Kazimierz Gorski Higher School of Sports, Lodz, Poland

Ewa Ziemann
✉ Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Department of Physiology, Kazimierza Gorskiego 1, 80-336 Gdansk, Poland.
Publish Date
Received: 31-08-2012
Accepted: 27-09-2012
Published (online): 01-06-2013
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Heat shock proteins (Hsp) represent proteins’ groups, whose protective function, may be induced by heat, reactive oxygen species, cytokines etc. We evaluated blood levels of Hsp27 and Hsp70, and their relation to skeletal muscle damage and inflammation in young tennis players before and after the conditioning camp. Blood samples were collected directly after tournament season, 3-day rest and 14-day conditioning camp that followed. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) demonstrated the highest concentration directly after tournament season, which significantly decreased at camp’s end. The pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and TNFα decreased, whereas anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-10 increased after 3d rest and 14d camp. Hsp27 increased after 3d rest and remained so after 14d camp, while Hsp70 decreased from baseline to camp’s completion. Hsp27 and Hsp70 correlated significantly with H2O2, IL-1β and TNFα. Muscle damage, observed as creatine kinase (CK) activity changes, increased after 14d camp similarly to Hsp27 and anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-10. Obtained data allows to conclude that decrease of Hsp27 and increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines could be a good indicator of overreaching. Reverse tendencies in these proteins may verify accuracy of conditioning camp. Finally, this training program caused an increase in the anti-inflammatory cytokines concentrations, improving individual status of recovery.

Key words: Hydrogen peroxide, cytokines, Hsp27, Hsp70, overreaching

           Key Points
  • The study demonstrating low grade inflammation-induced by the tournament season in young tennis player.
  • Three days of active rest stimulated the anti-inflammatory response via rise of Hsp27 and anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10.
  • Observed decrease of blood Hsp70 may support mental recovery.
  • Thirteen-day appropriate training program led to maintaining an immunological response balance.
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