2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Effect of a Collegiate Wrestling Season on Salivary Immunoglobin A Levels
Stephen J. Kueny
Dr. Alex J. Koch, Faculty Mentor

It has been well documented that strenuous exercise and energy restriction can cause decreases in several parameters of immune function, including salivary immunoglobin-A (IgA) The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that SIgA will incrementally decrease over the course of a collegiate wrestling season. To test this hypothesis, resting saliva samples were obtained from 8 Division II wrestlers (W) and 5 controls (C), throughout the course of a wrestling season. Samples were analzed for IgA using a commercially available ELISA kit, and body manna and self reported exercise volume were also collected. Over the season, W significantly reduced their body mass more than C. However, changes in body mass did not correlate with changes in IgA. Wrestlers (14.54.71 h) reported a significantly higher (p = 0.009) average weekly exercise duration than C (6.75.26 h), revealing a weak negative correlation (r = -0.31) between exercise volume and IgA

Keywords: Immune function, SIgA, Wrestling season, Wrestlers, Exercise, Energy restriction

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-5
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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