Table 1

 Changes in blood leucocyte and neutrophil counts after a rugby match

Total leucocytes (/μl)Neutrophils (/μl)
Complete restActive restComplete restActive rest
Results are expressed as mean (SD). After the match players either relaxed completely (complete rest group) or incorporated some exercise into their relaxation (active rest group).
*p<0.05, **p<0.01 compared with the value immediately after the match.
Before6700.0 (750.6)**6350.0 (680.3)**3021.4 (829.4)**2448.3 (358.3)**
After10971.4 (2330.7)10075.0 (2738.0)8151.1 (3280.1)7080.1 (2499.5)
1 day after8585.7 (807.1)**8012.5 (2088.4)*4583.0 (1288.2)**3485.5 (960.8)**
2 days after7042.9 (1144.3)**6750.0 (1088.9)*3273.1 (1169.5)**3141.7 (744.1)**