Table 5

 Changes in POMS scores after a rugby 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 compared with the value immediately after the match.
Anger
    Before6.4 (6.1)5.4 (6.7)
    After4.6 (3.8)11.6 (14.2)
    1 day after3.6 (4.4)5.6 (8.7)
    2 days after4.7 (7.1)5.0 (8.5)
Confusion
    Before6.9 (3.8)6.0 (3.4)
    After7.9 (4.2)10.3 (6.7)
    1 day after6.6 (3.7)5.6 (3.7)
    2 days after6.1 (2.9)4.6 (2.4)
Depression
    Before6.1 (7.9)7.4 (8.3)
    After11.6 (7.8)12.5 (11.7)
    1 day after8.7 (10.1)7.0 (12.6)
    2 days after7.9 (6.9)5.9 (8.0)
Fatigue
    Before7.3 (7.1)*11.3 (6.7)*
    After13.4 (7.1)20.1 (5.7)
    1 day after9.1 (5.6)15.1 (7.4)
    2 days after8.3 (7.6)12.6 (10.1)
Tension
    Before9.0 (4.8)11.0 (5.3)
    After8.9 (4.6)10.3 (6.3)
    1 day after6.3 (5.8)7.3 (5.5)
    2 days after6.4 (3.0)5.5 (3.2)*
Vigor
    Before14.6 (7.6)13.0 (6.0)
    After12.4 (6.8)10.3 (7.1)
    1 day after7.9 (4.3)9.1 (6.8)
    2 days after8.6 (6.1)10.3 (7.3)