Table 4

 Neutrophil oxidative burst 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.
Oxidative burst rate (%)
    Before94.5 (1.5)*91.9 (2.7)**
    After97.7 (1.4)97.0 (2.3)
    1 day after95.9 (4.1)93.9 (5.8)
    2 days after97.7 (3.4)98.4 (1.0)
Oxidative burst activity per cell
    Before296.3 (36.7)**299.8 (28.0)**
    After217.2 (27.0)229.2 (34.0)
    1 day after251.6 (16.0)240.1 (44.2)
    2 days after300.9 (43.5)**312.1 (39.4)**
Total oxidative burst activity
    Before279.9 (34.2)**276.2 (31.6)**
    After211.9 (24.0)221.9 (30.3)
    1 day after241.4 (21.2)227.6 (52.5)
    2 days after294.2 (45.1)**307.2 (38.4)**