European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 118, Issue 2, pp 261–270 | Cite as

Recreational football practice attenuates postprandial lipaemia in normal and overweight individuals

  • Darren J PaulEmail author
  • Jens Bangsbo
  • George P Nassis
Original Article



The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of playing football on postprandial lipaemia in normal and overweight individuals.


Fifteen (7 normal weight, age = 32.3 ± 6.0 years, BMI = 22.8 ± 3.4 kg/m2 and 8 overweight, age = 33.3 ± 5.5 years, BMI = 29.2 ± 3.2 kg/m2, mean ± SD) recreational football players were recruited. On the evening of day 1, participants played a 60-min 9-a-side football match (FOOT) or rested (control; CON) in a randomised counterbalanced cross-over design. Activity profile, heart rate and rate of perceived exertion were recorded. The next morning (> 10 h after the match), blood samples were collected before (0), 0.75, 2, 4, and 6 h after a high-fat meal.


Total area under the curve for triglycerides were 22% and 28% lower for the normal weight (p < 0.01; 95% CI − 2.45 to − 0.68; ES = 0.87) and overweight (p < 0.01; 95% CI − 8.14 to − 0.88; ES = 0.68) groups in the FOOT compared to the CON. The postprandial incremental area under the curve for triglycerides was 31% lower in the normal weight group (ES = 0.79) for the FOOT compared to CON trial and a discernible trend was shown for the overweight group (22%; ES = 0.51). Two-hour Insulin Sensitivity Index was lower (ES = − 0.95) for FOOT compared to CON trial in the overweight group only.


Playing a 60-min football match can attenuate the triglyceride response to a high-fat meal in normal and overweight individuals.


Obesity Lipid Metabolism Exercise Games 





Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test






Body Mass Index


Waist-to-hip ratio


Body fat percentage


Dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry


Yo Yo Intermittent Endurance Test Level 1


Heart rate


Session rate of perceived exertion


Total cholesterol


Low-density lipoprotein


High-density lipoprotein


Homeostasis model assessment


Non-esterified fatty acids


Insulin Sensitivity Index


Area under the curve


Incremental area under the curve


Very low-density lipoproteins


Analysis of variance


Effect size

95% CI

95% confidence interval



The authors have no actual or potential conflict in relation to this manuscript, nor did we receive any funding to conduct this research. The authors hereby declare that the results of the study are presented clearly, honestly and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation and statement that results of the present study do not constitute endorsement by any products.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Sports Medicine Programme, Excellence in Football ProjectAspetar-Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine HospitalDohaQatar
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and HealthUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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