International Balkan Symposium In Sport Sciences, Tetovo, Makedonya, 30 Mayıs - 02 Haziran 2013
This study aims to determine the effect of high intensity acute wrestling exercise and sauna on cortisol and insulin hormones. After health ethics committee had granted approval, the study was practiced on 14 voluntary male wrestlers who have no health problems and are average 23.43 ± 4.146 years old and are average 172.86± 4.818 meters tall. Blood measurement was taken from the wrestlers when they were rested, after wrestling exercise and after sauna which was later than two days rest. Hormone analyses were made via IMMULITE 2000 autoanalyzer. Because of the fact that data acquired in the study did not have a normal distribution, nonparametric Two Related Samples – Wilcoxon test in SPSS 15 for Windows statistical packaged program was applied. It was determined that, after acute wrestling exercise, there was not any significant differences in the levels of cortisol and insulin. It was also concluded that after sauna practice, while there was a significant decrease (P<.01) in cortisol levels, there was no significant difference in insulin levels. When cortisol values were compared after wrestling exercise and sauna, it was determined that values of exercise group were significantly high (P<.01) and insulin values did not have a significant difference. It was deduced that the practiced wrestling exercise did not make change in cortisol and insulin levels, sauna program did not have an effect on insulin in a short time as in wrestling exercise but caused a significant decrease in cortisol levels and there were diffences between groups.