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Hormonal responses to physical and cognitive stress in a school setting.

Author(s): Budde H, Pietrassyk-Kendziorra S, Bohm S, Voelcker-Rehage C

Affiliation(s): Department of Training and Movement Sciences, Institute of Sport Science, Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany. henning.budde@rz.hu-berlin.de

Publication date & source: 2010-05-03, Neurosci Lett., 474(3):131-4. Epub 2010 Mar 11.

Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial

Little is known about the influence of physical and cognitive stress on the concentration of steroid hormones (SHs) in a school setting. Forty high school students from the 9th grade were randomly assigned to two intervention groups: physical and cognitive stress. Saliva collection took place before (pre-test) and after (post-test) 12 min of high intensity exercise in a defined heart rate (HR) interval (70-85% HR (max); n=19) and cognitive testing (Letter Digit Span and d2-test, n=21), respectively. Saliva was analyzed for testosterone (T) and cortisol (C). Results indicated a significant increase of T and C due to a physical but not cognitive stressor. Thus, only the physical stressor was capable of activating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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