Background: Routine training and competitions submit athletes constantly stressor agents that can influence the sports performance. The aim of this study was to describe the levels of
stress and recovery in volleyball players, as well as describe the situations of training/competition considered as responsible for anxiety and stress.
Methods: We evaluated 18 female volleyball players of a team from the interior of São Paulo state (mean age of 15,67(±0,97) years). The following instruments were used: Stress
Questionnaire and Recovery for Athletes (RESTQ-76 SPORT); Identification questions (age, sports practice) and a questionnaire specifically designed for the study with 21 questions, in which subjects
were asked to point out the situations that most left them anxious or nervous during their practice. A descriptive analysis was made of demographic data, the questionnaire and the scores of subscales
Results: Athletes considered most stressful the following situations: errors early in the match or training (83.33%), errors at the end of the match or training (66.67%) and poor
performance in training (66.67%). The subscales of RESTQ-76 SPORT with the highest averages were: Social Relaxation (4.87), General Well-being (4.53) and Self-Regulation (4.05), all of these subscales
related to the recovery process. The subscales with lowest averages were: Emotional Exhaustion (1.10), General Stress (1.32) and Disturbed Breaks (1.32). Conclusions: Whereas high
scores of stress subscales reflect intense subjective effort and high scores in the recovery subscales reflect large amount of recuperative activities, it was observed that the team has good levels of
stress and recovery, as your stress levels were low and recovery levels were high. Even the modality featuring high demands, this team showed low stress and high recovery, noting that the group can
have efficient strategies of coping with stress and at the same time appropriate recovery situations.