Hair cortisol concentration is unaffected by basic military training, but related to sociodemographic and environmental factors

Boesch, Maria; Sefidan, Sandra; Annen, Hubert; Ehlert, Ulrike; Roos, Lilian; Van Uum, Stan; Russell, Evan; Koren, Gideon; La Marca, Roberto (2014). Hair cortisol concentration is unaffected by basic military training, but related to sociodemographic and environmental factors Stress, 18(1), pp. 35-41. Taylor & Francis 10.3109/10253890.2014.974028

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The analysis of hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) is a promising new biomarker for retrospective measurement of chronic stress. The effect of basic military training (BMT) on chronic stress has not yet been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 10-week BMT on HCC, while further exploring the role of known and novel covariates. Young healthy male recruits of the Swiss Army participated twice, 10 weeks apart, in data collection (1st examination: n = 177; 2nd examination: n = 105). On two occasions, we assessed HCC, perceived stress and different candidate variables that may affect HCC (e.g. socioeconomic status, meteorological data). Military training increased perceived stress from the first to the second examination, but did not affect HCC. In line with this, there was no correlation between HCC and perceived stress ratings. This could be interpreted as a missing influence of mainly physical stress (e.g. exercise) on HCC. In contrast, significant correlations were found between HCC and ambient temperature, humidity and education. Future studies should control for meteorological data and educational status when examining HCC.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Lehre und Sportpädagogik > Monitoring

Name:

Boesch, Maria;
Sefidan, Sandra;
Annen, Hubert;
Ehlert, Ulrike;
Roos, Lilian;
Van Uum, Stan;
Russell, Evan;
Koren, Gideon and
La Marca, Roberto

ISSN:

1025-3890 (Print) 1607-8888 (Online)

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

09 Dec 2020 07:21

Last Modified:

24 Sep 2021 02:17

Publisher DOI:

10.3109/10253890.2014.974028

PubMed ID:

25287135

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Air humidity Air temperature Chronic stress Education Hair cortisol Hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenocortical axis Meteorological data Sweating

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/10919

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