African Journal of Parasitology Research

African Journal of Parasitology Research ISSN 2756-3391 Vol. 8 (10), pp. 001-004, October, 2021. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Some cellular immune components and C-reactive protein monitoring in female handball players during a competitive period

Tarik Sevindi1, Serkan Hazar1, Serkan Ibi 1 and Kadir Gökdemir2

1Nigde University, Physical Education and Sports Department, Nigde, Turkey.

2Gazi University Physical Education and Sports Department, Turkey.

Accepted 16 May, 2021


The aim of the study was to determine the effect of the competitive period training on leukocytes, some leukocyte subgroups and C -reactive protein (CRP) in sportswomen playing in the professional handball league. The average age of the group was 20.6 ± 3.37 years, height average was 163 ± 6.30 cm, weight average was 58.73 ± 4.92 kg. Blood samples were taken before and after the training period of the competition. Subjects rested for 48 h until taking blood samples. Subsequently, leukocytes, some leukocyte subgroups and CRP were determined. Leukocytes and leukocyte subgroups were determined using a Roche Sismex 2000XL device. CRP was determined using Beckman immunochemistry systems in-vitro diagnostic kits and nephelometric methods (Beckman Coulter Array 360 System, USA). Statistical analysis was performed using a paired t-test. p values <0.05 were considered statistically significant. In this study no significant difference was found on WBC and granulocyte values between pre and post training period. However, significant differences in lymphocyte values were measured. After training period, lymphocytes declined (p<0.05), but no significant differences in monocyte levels were determined. CRP values after the training period were significantly decreased (p<0.05), as compared to pre training values. We can conclude that competition period training did not significantly affect the cellular immune elements, but caused a significant decrease on CRP values, which are markers in chronic inflammation.

Key words: Training, immune component, C- reactive protein, female athlete.