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Temazepam and the perceptual-motor performance of professional footballers.

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Journal
British Journal of Sports Medicine
0306-3674
Publisher
BMJ
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Keywords
  • Research Article
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Medicine
  • Psychology

Abstract

The use of benzodiazepines to overcome the possible debilitating effects of travel on football performance is a recent phenomenon and indicative of current usage of such drugs. Contemporary psychological theory is critical of many of the measures used to monitor such drugs. This study has created a battery of tests which include some measures which are deemed more ecologically valid and, for purposes of comparison, some traditional indices. On a sample of First Division professional Association footballers temazepam (40 mg) was compared with placebo on these measures and testing occurred on the afternoon following night time medication. The findings suggest that on such a protocol, perceptual-motor performance is not impaired. Images p115-a p115-b Fig. 1

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