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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

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Abstract

ROHLFS, Izabel Cristina Provenza de Miranda et al. Brunel Mood Scale (BRUMS): an instrument for early detection of overtraining syndrome. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.3, pp. 176-181. ISSN 1517-8692.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922008000300003.

The overtraining syndrome has a great relevance in the sportive scope, mainly as for elite athletes who search to transcend their limits and for those who submit to physical activity practice without specialized orientation. The periodic use of the POMS instrument, Profile of Mood States, has demonstrated effectiveness in the detection of the syndrome’s initial signals, preventing its complete development. In 2003, one of its shortened versions, started to be called BRUMS, Brunel Mood Scale. The objective of this work is to present the scale translated into Portuguese language together with the data from Brazilian athletes referring to the first stage of its validation process in Brazil. The instrument was submitted to the translation-back translation method. The sample was composed for 34 male professional soccer players, adolescents and adults. The application of the instrument was conducted before and after training with moderate loads and before and after a game with high intensity loads. In order to verify the sensibility of the BRUMS in both situations, a t -student test was performed between before and after each variable and Pearson linear correlation was applied to verify the relationship between the moods. The results have indicated that anger and mental confusion significantly reduced (p<0.05) in moderate training (adolescents) and depression, vigor, fatigue and mental confusion have significantly increased in the high intensity game (adults). In order to verify the consistency of the result gotten by BRUMS a semi-structuralized interview was conducted with the athletes. The athletes’ reports concerning training and game situations helped to explain the results of the BRUMS. In this first stage of the validation, the BRUMS instrument was sensitive and trustworthy in the moods evaluation.

Keywords : physical performance; mood states; measurament; scales.

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