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Energy demands during a judo match and recovery
  1. F Degoutte,
  2. P Jouanel,
  3. E Filaire
  1. Unité Formation Recherche Sciences Techniques des APS, Villeurbanne, France
  1. Correspondence to: 
 Dr Filaire, 27–29 boulevard du 11 novembre, 1918 campus de la Doua Villeurbanne, France 69622; 


Objective: To assess energy demand during a judo match and the kinetics of recovery by measuring the metabolites of the oxypurine cascade, lipolytic activity, and glycolytic pathway.

Methods: Venous blood samples were taken from 16 national judoists (mean (SEM) age 18.4 (1.6) years), before (T1) and three minutes (T2), one hour (T3), and 24 hours (T4) after a match. A seven day diet record was used to evaluate nutrient intake.

Results: Nutrient analysis indicated that these athletes followed a low carbohydrate diet. Plasma lactate concentration had increased to 12.3 (1.8) mmol/l at the end of the match. An increase in the levels of extracellular markers of muscle adenine nucleotide catabolism, urea, and creatinine was observed at T2, while uric acid levels remained unchanged. High concentrations of urea persisted for 24 hours during the recovery period. Ammonia, hypoxanthine, xanthine, and creatinine returned to control levels within the 24 hour recovery period. Uric acid concentrations rose from T3 and had not returned to baseline 24 hours after the match. The levels of triglycerides, glycerol, and free fatty acids had increased significantly (p<0.05) after the match (T2) but returned to baseline values within 24 hours. Concentrations of high density lipoprotein cholesterol and total cholesterol were significantly increased after the match.

Conclusions: These results show that a judo match induces both protein and lipid metabolism. Carbohydrate availability, training adaptation, and metabolic stress may explain the requirement for these types of metabolism.

  • adenine nucleotide catabolism
  • blood lipids
  • judo
  • substrates
  • HDL-C, high density lipoprotein fraction of cholesterol
  • VLDL-C, very low density lipoprotein fraction of cholesterol
  • LDL-C, low density lipoprotein fraction of cholesterol

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