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Brain evoked responses reflect information processing changes with the menstrual cycle in young female athletes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2770264     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In sport activity, information processing plays a role crucial for sport performance. Neuropsychological and psychophysiological evidence based on behavioral and psychophysical tasks has been accumulated showing that the latter changes over the course of the menstrual cycle, but the available data are rather inconsistent. On the other hand, in sport literature, not much attention has been devoted to these topics by researchers who have mainly been asked to investigate changes in mood and well-being. Therefore, a study has been undertaken to investigate the relationships between the menstrual cycle and information processing in young female athletes, some of whom took oral contraceptives. The study was based on Auditory Evoked Responses that, unlike behavioral and psychophysical techniques, were revealed to be an exceptionally reliable tool for the study of neural activity during sensory information processing. The results showed the existence of clear fluctuations over the course of the menstrual cycle in time taken to handle information and in the amount of information processing that, with differences and similarities, could be observed both in spontaneously menstruating and on-pill athletes. In addition, neuroanatomical differences were evident in the response of different neural structures of the auditory pathways. In fact, the effects of the hormonal changes accompanying the menstrual cycle appear to be more effective and influential at higher central levels of the auditory pathway.
Authors:
A Zani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0022-4707     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Med Phys Fitness     Publication Date:  1989 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-09-28     Completed Date:  1989-09-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376337     Medline TA:  J Sports Med Phys Fitness     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Brain / physiology*
Evoked Potentials, Auditory*
Female
Humans
Menstrual Cycle*

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