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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804521/home-advantage-in-the-winter-paralympic-games-1976-2014
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Darryl Wilson, Girish Ramchandani
PURPOSE: There is a limited amount of home advantage research concerned with winter sports. There is also a distinct lack of studies that investigate home advantage in the context of para sport events. This paper addresses this gap in the knowledge by examining home advantage in the Winter Paralympic Games. METHODS: Using a standardised measure of success, we compared the performances of host nations at home with their own performances away from home between 1976 and 2014...
2017: Sport Sciences for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782598/physiological-and-performance-effects-of-nitrate-supplementation-during-roller-skiing-in-normoxia-and-normobaric-hypoxia
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Linn Nybäck, Caroline Glännerud, Gustav Larsson, Eddie Weitzberg, Oliver Michael Shannon, Kerry McGawley
The present study examined the effects of acute nitrate (NO3(-)) supplementation ingested in the form of concentrated beetroot juice on cross-country roller-ski performance in normoxia (N) and normobaric hypoxia (H). Eight competitive cross-country skiers (five males: age 22 ± 3 years, V·O2max 71.5 ± 4.7 mL kg(-1)·min(-1); three females: age 21 ± 1 years, V·O2max 58.4 ± 2.5 mL kg(-1)·min(-1)) were supplemented with a single dose of NO3(-)-rich beetroot juice (BRJ, ∼13 mmol NO3(-)) or a NO3(-)-depleted placebo (PL, ∼0 mmol NO3(-)) and performed 2 x 6-min submaximal exercise bouts and a 1000-m time-trial (TT) on a treadmill in N (20...
August 4, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771061/comparison-of-performance-levels-and-sex-on-sprint-race-performance-in-the-biathlon-world-cup
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Harri Luchsinger, Jan Kocbach, Gertjan Ettema, Øyvind Sandbakk
Biathlon is an Olympic sport combining cross-country skiing with the skating technique and rifle shooting. The sprint (7.5 km for women and 10 km for men) includes two shootings between the three laps of skiing. The aims of the current study are to compare biathletes of different performance-levels and sex on total race time and performance-determining factors of sprint races in the biathlon World Cup. The top 10-performers (G1-10) and results within rank 21-30 (G21-30) in 47 sprint races during the 2011/2012 to 2015/2016 World Cup seasons were compared regarding total race time, course time, shooting time, range time, shooting performance (rate of hits) and penalty time...
August 3, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763504/full-course-macro-kinematic-analysis-of-a-10-km-classical-cross-country-skiing-competition
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Finn Marsland, Colin Mackintosh, Hans-Christer Holmberg, Judith Anson, Gordon Waddington, Keith Lyons, Dale Chapman
In this study micro-sensors were employed to analyse macro-kinematic parameters during a classical cross-country skiing competition (10 km, 2-lap). Data were collected from eight male participants during the Australian championship competition wearing a single micro-sensor unit (MinimaxX™, S4) positioned on their upper back. Algorithms and visual classification were used to identify skiing sub-techniques and calculate velocities, cycle lengths (CL) and cycle rates (CR) over the entire course. Double poling (DP) was the predominant cyclical sub-technique utilised (43 ± 5% of total distance), followed by diagonal stride (DS, 16 ± 4%) and kick double poling (KDP, 5 ± 4%), with the non-propulsive Tuck technique accounting for 24 ± 4% of the course...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662163/association-between-laboratory-capacities-and-world-cup-performance-in-nordic-combined
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Vegard Rasdal, Ronny Fudel, Jan Kocbach, Frode Moen, Gertjan Ettema, Øyvind Sandbakk
BACKGROUND: Nordic combined (NC) is an Olympic winter-sport performed as a ski jumping (SJ) event followed by a cross-country (XC) pursuit race employing the skating style. PURPOSE: To elucidate the associations between sport-specific laboratory capacities and SJ, XC skiing, and overall NC performance in a world-cup NC event. METHODS: Twelve international world-cup NC athletes from 8 nations performed laboratory testing one day prior to participating in a world-cup NC event...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659826/no-additional-benefits-of-block-over-evenly-distributed-high-intensity-interval-training-within-a-polarized-microcycle
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Kerry McGawley, Elisabeth Juudas, Zuzanna Kazior, Kristoffer Ström, Eva Blomstrand, Ola Hansson, Hans-Christer Holmberg
Introduction: The current study aimed to investigate the responses to block- versus evenly-distributed high-intensity interval training (HIT) within a polarized microcycle. Methods: Twenty well-trained junior cross-country skiers (10 males, age 17.6 ± 1.5 and 10 females, age 17.3 ± 1.5) completed two, 3-week periods of training (EVEN and BLOCK) in a randomized, crossover-design study. In EVEN, 3 HIT sessions (5 × 4-min of diagonal-stride roller-skiing) were completed at a maximal sustainable intensity each week while low-intensity training (LIT) was distributed evenly around the HIT...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649805/cross-country-skiing-movement-factorization-to-explore-relationships-between-skiing-economy-and-athletes-skills
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Barbara Pellegrini, Chiara Zoppirolli, Gennaro Boccia, Lorenzo Bortolan, Federico Schena
We investigated the relationships between the biomechanics of the double poling (DP) technique in cross-country skiing, its economy and athletes' skill. To this aim, skiers' motion has been factorized into components through principal component analysis (PCA).Eight high-level (HL) and eight regional level (RL) male cross-country skiers performed a 5-min submaximal DP trial while roller skiing on a treadmill at 14 km h(-1) and 2° incline. Whole-body kinematics was recorded with a motion capture system. PCA was applied to markers coordinates to extract principal movements (PMk ), which were ranked by their variance...
June 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603377/effect-of-prolonged-racing-on-muscle-activity-and-spatiotemporal-variables-double-poling-technique
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Kitae Kim, Siddhartha Bikram Panday, In-Sik Shin, Jin-Hae Kim, Hye-Young Kim, Gwang-Jae Yu
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a 40-minute race on muscle activity and spatiotemporal cycle variables at four-time points during a 12-km roller skiing test using the double-poling technique. [Subjects and Methods] Five elite cross-country (XC) skiers on the Korean National reserve team participated in the study. Part of a biathlon course that consisted of both flat land and slopes was selected, and three measurements were recorded after every 4-km lap. Spatiotemporal variables, mean frequency and mean amplitude of 6 muscles were the chosen computational parameters...
May 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597103/the-effects-of-strength-training-versus-ski-ergometer-training-on-double-poling-capacity-of-elite-junior-cross-country-skiers
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Tomas Carlsson, Lars Wedholm, Johnny Nilsson, Magnus Carlsson
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of strength training versus ski-ergometer training on double-poling gross efficiency (GE), maximal speed (V max), peak oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) for elite male and female junior cross-country skiers. METHODS: Thirty-three elite junior cross-country skiers completed a 6-week training-intervention period with two additional 40-min training sessions per week. The participants were matched in pairs and within each pair randomly assigned to either a strength-training group (STR) or a ski-ergometer-training group (ERG)...
August 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593090/dynamic-hip-adduction-abduction-and-abdominal-exercises-from-the-holmich-groin-injury-prevention-program-are-intense-enough-to-be-considered-strengthening-exercises-a-cross-sectional-study
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Kasper Krommes, Thomas Bandholm, Markus D Jakobsen, Lars L Andersen, Andreas Serner, Per Hölmich, Kristian Thorborg
BACKGROUND: Training intensity is an important variable in strength training and above 80% of one repetition maximum is recommended for promoting strength for athletes. Four dynamic and two isometric on-field exercises are included in the Hölmich groin-injury prevention study that initially failed to show a reduction in groin injuries in soccer players. It has been speculated that exercise-intensity in this groin-injury prevention program was too low to induce the strength gains necessary to protect against groin-related injuries...
June 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566804/reticulocyte-and-erythrocyte-hypochromia-markers-in-detection-of-iron-deficiency-in-adolescent-female-athletes
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J Malczewska-Lenczowska, J Orysiak, B Szczepańska, D Turowski, K Burkhard-Jagodzińska, J Gajewski
The aim of this study was to analyse the effectiveness of new haematology parameters related to reticulocytes and mature red blood cells to differentiate pre latent and latent iron deficiency. The study included 219 female athletes (aged 15-20 years) representing volleyball, handball, cycling, canoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming and judo. To assess iron status the concentration of ferritin, soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR), iron and total iron binding capacity (TIBC) were determined in serum. In addition to blood morphology, the mean cellular haemoglobin content in erythrocytes (CH) and reticulocytes (CHr), mean cellular haemoglobin concentration in reticulocytes (CHCMr), the percentage of erythrocytes (HYPOm) and reticulocytes (HYPOr) with decreased cellular haemoglobin concentration, the percentage of erythrocytes (LowCHm) and reticulocytes (LowCHr) with decreased cellular haemoglobin content, and percentage of erythrocytes with decreased volume (MICROm) were determined...
June 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538302/physiological-demands-of-elite-cross-country-skiing-during-a-real-competition
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Cristina Gonzalez-Millan, Dario Perez-Brunicardi, Juan J Salinero, Beatriz Lara, Javier Abián-Vicen, Francisco Areces, Diana Ruiz-Vicente, Lidon Soriano, Juan Del Coso
The aim of this study was to assess different physiological variables before and after a 5-km (women) and 10-km (men) cross-country skiing competition to determine potential mechanisms of fatigue. Fourteen elite-level skiers competed in an official cross-country skiing competition using the classical style (9 men and 5 women). Instantaneous skiing velocity was measured during the race by means of 15-Hz global positioning system devices. Before and after the race, a sample of venous blood was obtained to assess changes in blood lactate and serum electrolyte and myoglobin concentrations...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532238/the-age-related-performance-decline-in-marathon-cross-country-skiing-the-engadin-ski-marathon
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Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis, Beat Knechtle
Demographic and performance data from 197,825 athletes competing in "Engadin Ski Marathon" between 1998 and 2016 were analysed. When all finishers per age group were considered, there was no gender difference in time (2:59:00 in women versus 2:59:09 h:min:s in men; P = 0.914, η(2) < 0.001) and the main effect of age group on time was trivial (P < 0.001, η(2) = 0.007). When the top 10 finishers per age group were considered, men were faster than women (1:27:32 versus 1:34:19 h:min:s, respectively; P < 0...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508404/changes-in-biomechanics-of-skiing-at-maximal-velocity-caused-by-simulated-20-km-skiing-race-using-v2-skating-technique
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O Ohtonen, S J Lindinger, C Göpfert, W Rapp, V Linnamo
This study investigated how the fatigue caused by a 20-km simulated skating cross-country skiing race on snow affects the final spurt performance from a biomechanical perspective. Subjects performed a 100-m maximal skiing trial before and at the end of the simulated race. Cycle characteristics, ground reaction forces from skis and poles, and muscle activity from eight muscles were recorded during each trial. Results showed that subjects were in a fatigued state after the simulated race manifested by 11.6% lower skiing speed (P<...
May 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459360/strength-training-for-middle-and-long-distance-performance-a-meta-analysis
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Nicolas Berryman, Inigo Mujika, Denis Arvisais, Marie Roubeix, Carl Binet, Laurent Bosquet
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to assess the net effects of strength training on middle- and long-distance performance through a meta-analysis of the available literature. METHODS: Three databases were searched from which 28 out of 554 potential studies met all inclusion criteria. Standardized mean differences (SMDs) were calculated and weighted by the inverse of variance to calculate an overall effect and its 95% confidence interval (CI). Subgroup analyses were conducted to determine whether the strength-training intensity, duration and frequency, and population performance level, age, sex and sport were outcomes that may influence the magnitude of the effect...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398944/alpine-skiing-as-winter-time-high-intensity-training
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Thomas Stöggl, Christoph Schwarzl, Edith E Müller, Masaru Nagasaki, Julia Stöggl, Martin Schönfelder, Josef Niebauer
INTRODUCTION: To counteract the winter activity deficit, we set out to analyze cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses of two high intensity training (HIT) protocols during alpine skiing (AS), cross-country skiing (XCS) and indoor cycling (IC) and the effects of sex, age and fitness level in this comparison. METHODS: Nineteen healthy subjects (two age and fitness groups, both sexes) performed AS, XCS, and IC with measurements of oxygen uptake (VO2), energy expenditure (EE), heart rate (HR), lactate, blood glucose and rate of perceived exertion, determined during 4-min of continuous high intensity (HITc: 90% HRmax for XCS and IC or short turn skiing during AS) or 10-min intermittent HIT [HITint: 5x1' high intensity (>90% HRmax or short turn skiing), 1' active recovery]...
April 11, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382550/sitting-position-affects-performance-in-cross-country-sit-skiing
#17
M Lund Ohlsson, M S Laaksonen
PURPOSE: In cross-country sit-skiing (XCSS), athletes with reduced trunk control predominantly sit with the knees higher than the hips (KH); a position often associated with large spinal flexion. Therefore, to improve spinal curvature a new sledge with frontal trunk support, where knees are lower than hips (KL) was created. It was hypothesized that the KL position would improve respiratory function and enhance performance in seated double-poling compared to KH. METHODS: Ten female able-bodied cross-country skiers (age 25...
June 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336545/changes-in-intestinal-microbiota-composition-and-metabolism-coincide-with-increased-intestinal-permeability-in-young-adults-under-prolonged-physiological-stress
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J Philip Karl, Lee M Margolis, Elisabeth H Madslien, Nancy E Murphy, John W Castellani, Yngvar Gundersen, Allison V Hoke, Michael W Levangie, Raina Kumar, Nabarun Chakraborty, Aarti Gautam, Rasha Hammamieh, Svein Martini, Scott J Montain, Stefan M Pasiakos
The magnitude, temporal dynamics, and physiological effects of intestinal microbiome responses to physiological stress are poorly characterized. This study used a systems biology approach and a multiple-stressor military training environment to determine the effects of physiological stress on intestinal microbiota composition and metabolic activity, as well as intestinal permeability (IP). Soldiers (n = 73) were provided three rations per day with or without protein- or carbohydrate-based supplements during a 4-day cross-country ski-march (STRESS)...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314090/prevalence-age-at-onset-and-risk-factors-of-self-reported-asthma-among-swedish-adolescent-elite-cross-country-skiers
#19
L M Eriksson, T Irewall, Anne Lindberg, Nikolai Stenfors
The objective of the study was to compare the prevalence of self-reported physician-diagnosed asthma and age at asthma onset between Swedish adolescent elite skiers and a reference group and to assess risk factors associated with asthma. Postal questionnaires were sent to 253 pupils at the Swedish National Elite Sport Schools for cross-country skiing, biathlon, and ski-orienteering ("skiers") and a random sample of 500 adolescents aged 16-20, matched for sport school municipalities ("reference"). The response rate was 96% among the skiers and 48% in the reference group...
March 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291666/risk-and-protective-factors-for-sudden-cardiac-death-during-leisure-activities-in-the-mountains-an-update
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Martin Burtscher
INTRODUCTION: Annually, more than 100 million tourists with widely varying health and fitness status are attracted by the mountainous areas around the world. Whereas mountaineering activities may contribute to the well established beneficial effects of regular exercise, for certain individuals these activities are also associated with a relatively high risk of death. METHODS: This manuscript presents an updated overview of risk and protective factors for sudden cardiac death during leisure activities in the mountains...
February 28, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
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