Table 3

 Neutrophil phagocytic activity in rugby players before and after a match

Complete 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.
Phagocytic rate (%)
    Before97.6 (0.6)96.1 (3.4)
    After96.8 (1.8)97.4 (1.1)
    1 day after95.9 (1.7)95.1 (3.7)
    2 days after95.4 (1.5)96.1 (1.6)
Phagocytic activity per cell
    Before440.9 (48.8)443.7 (57.6)
    After417.3 (62.0)403.7 (58.4)
    1 day after318.4 (24.8)**324.8 (48.2)**
    2 days after343.6 (75.0)*358.6 (53.1)
Total phagocytic activity
    Before430.0 (46.3)427.0 (63.1)
    After404.4 (63.4)393.7 (59.9)
    1 day after305.2 (22.7)**308.5 (45.7)**
2 days after327.4 (68.0)*344.7 (52.6)