Abstract - Comparison of lactate curves in a wrestling match at the beginning and the end of competition period for elite Croatian Greco-Roman wrestlers
The objective of this research was to compare lactate curves in a wrestling match at the beginning and the end of competition period. Croatian national team of senior wrestlers (n 8) was tested at the beginning and the end of competitive season. Each wrestler wrestled one match and lactates were sampled before the match and after the first, the second and the third round. Results showed that lactate curve is significantly lower at the end of competition period after the second round (9.6 ± 1.6 towards 11.8 ± 0.3 being statistically significant at the level of p<0.05) and after the third round (9.2 ± 2.1 towards 12.4 ± 0.2 being statistically significant at the level of p<0.01). During the competitive season anaerobic capacity is significantly disturbed and wrestlers can’t maintain high intensity of the match. The most important competition occurs in the calendar of events at the end of competition period. We can assume that in those circumstances wrestlers could fail at the most important competition. It is necessary to make corrections to the wrestlers preparation plan and program in order to avoid decrease of anaerobic capacities in the most important moment.