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John P Martin-Beaulieu, Karen M Myrick, Thomas Martin, Rachel W Pata, Richard S Feinn
Electrocardiographic changes can be present in marathon runners. These findings may be misinterpreted as malignant by healthcare providers. For example, incomplete right bundle branch block, early ventricular repolarization, and left ventricular hypertrophy by voltage criteria alone are quite common in athletes, yet considered benign.
October 2016: Clinical Case Reports
Viola Grabs, Anna Kersten, Bernhard Haller, Siegmund Braun, David C Nieman, Martin Halle, Johannes Scherr
INTRODUCTION: Vigorous and prolonged exercise such as marathon running increases inflammatory markers and the risk of upper respiratory illness (URI) in athletes. Nutritional supplements are being tested as countermeasures of exercise-induced inflammation and immune dysfunction. METHODS: In this prospective randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase I trial, healthy male runners (N = 138, age 42 ± 11 y) were supplemented with rutoside (600-1200 mg/day) and hydrolytic enzymes (540-1,080 mg/day bromelain, 288-576 mg/day trypsin) (WOB) or placebo (PL) for one week before and two weeks after the Munich Marathon 2013...
October 6, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Thijs Maria Anne Ackermans, Gaspar Epro, Christopher McCrum, Kai Daniel Oberländer, Frank Suhr, Maarten Robert Drost, Kenneth Meijer, Kiros Karamanidis
PURPOSE: We aimed to determine whether there are different changes in Achilles tendon (AT) mechanical properties in middle-aged, compared to younger runners that might indicate that tendon fatigue, induced by long-distance running, is age-dependent. METHODS: 27 middle-aged (50-67 years) and 22 younger (21-29 years) participants ran a 21 km route at their own pace (mean and SD: old: 3.1 ± 0.3 m s(-1); young: 3.6 ± 0.5 m s(-1)). We tested for changes in the AT force-elongation relationship using dynamometry and ultrasonography during isometric voluntary ankle plantarflexion ramp contractions, conducted 20-28 h pre-run, immediately pre-run, immediately post-run and 20-28 h post-run...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
P Á Latorre-Román, F García Pinillos, P Bujalance-Moreno, V M Soto-Hermoso
The main purpose of this study was to evaluate running kinematic characteristics and foot strike patterns (FSP) during early and late stages of actual and common high-intensity intermittent training (HIIT): 5 × 2000 m with 120-s recovery between runs. Thirteen healthy, elite, highly trained male endurance runners participated in this study. They each had a personal record in the half-marathon of 70 ± 2.24 min, and each had a minimum experience of 4 years of training and competition. Heart rate (HR) and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) were monitored during HIIT...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
Michael Deuschle, Ulrike Gotthardt, Ulrich Schweiger, Michael Dettling, Florian Holsboer, Isabella Heuser
Animal studies suggest that repeated episodes of elevated glucocorticoids lead to a dysregulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system at a supra-pituitary level, and to impaired mnemonic function. We compared cognitive tests and both, feedback integrity and stress responsivity of the HPA system, between 11 elderly, male marathon runners - a model of repeated HPA system activation - and 10 sedentary controls. Marathon runners had significantly increased baseline, stress and post-stress ACTH, but not cortisol concentrations...
September 28, 2016: Neuroendocrinology
Diana Horta, Valenti Puig, Luigi Melcarne
Running is popular. Ischemic colitis has been reported in marathon runners. We present a case of an amateur runner who developed ischemic colitis after a relatively short run.
July 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Andrew J Vickers, Emily A Vertosick
BACKGROUND: Studies of endurance running have typically involved elite athletes, small sample sizes and measures that require special expertise or equipment. METHODS: We examined factors associated with race performance and explored methods for race time prediction using information routinely available to a recreational runner. An Internet survey was used to collect data from recreational endurance runners (N = 2303). The cohort was split 2:1 into a training set and validation set to create models to predict race time...
2016: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Steven M Jackson, M Samuel Cheng, A Russell Smith, Morey J Kolber
Hand held dynamometry (HHD) is a more objective way to quantify muscle force production (MP) compared to traditional manual muscle testing. HHD reliability can be negatively impacted by both the strength of the tester and the subject particularly in the lower extremities due to larger muscle groups. The primary aim of this investigation was to assess intrarater reliability of HHD with use of a portable stabilization device for lower extremity MP in an athletic population. Isometric lower extremity strength was measured for bilateral lower extremities including hip abductors, external rotators, adductors, knee extensors, and ankle plantar flexors was measured in a sample of healthy recreational runners (8 male, 7 females, = 30 limbs) training for a marathon...
July 21, 2016: Manual Therapy
Nicola Brown, Joanna Scurr
Literature has established that a range of physiological, biomechanical, and training variables influence marathon performance. The influence of anthropometric characteristics has also received attention. However, despite major marathons exceeding 40,000 participants and approximately a third of these runners being female, no data exist on the influence of the breast on running performance. This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the impact of breast mass on marathon finish time. One hundred and sixty-eight of 321 female marathon runners contacted completed an on-line survey focusing on marathon performance during the 2012 London marathon...
November 2016: European Journal of Sport Science
Spanidis Ypatios, Stagos Dimitrios, Orfanou Marina, Goutzourelas Nikolaos, Bar-Or David, Spandidos Demetrios, Kouretas Demetrios
The aim of the present study was the monitoring of the redox status of runners participating in a mountain ultra-marathon race of 103 km. Blood samples from 12 runners were collected pre race and 24, 48 and 72 h post race. The samples were analyzed by using conventional oxidative stress markers, such as protein carbonyls (CARB), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in plasma, as well as glutathione (GSH) levels and catalase (CAT) activity in erythrocytes. In addition, two novel markers the static oxidation-reduction potential marker (sORP) and the capacity oxidation-reduction potential (cORP) were measured in plasma...
July 25, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Fabian Proft, Mathias Grunke, Christiane Reindl, Felix Mueller, Maximilian Kriegmair, Jan Leipe, Peter Weinert, Hendrik Schulze-Koops, Matthias Witt
BACKGROUND: The impact of physical exercise on joints and tendons is still a matter of debate. The aim of this study was to investigate with ultrasound the acute effects of extreme physical exercise on knee and ankle joints and their surrounding structures in trained athletes. METHODS: Participants of the Munich marathon were examined by arthrosonography before and after long distance running. Ultrasound assessment included grey scale and power Doppler examination of the knee and talocrural joints with surrounding tendons...
2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Duncan A J Blythe, Franz J Király
We present a novel, quantitative view on the human athletic performance of individual runners. We obtain a predictor for running performance, a parsimonious model and a training state summary consisting of three numbers by application of modern validation techniques and recent advances in machine learning to the thepowerof10 database of British runners' performances (164,746 individuals, 1,417,432 performances). Our predictor achieves an average prediction error (out-of-sample) of e.g. 3.6 min on elite Marathon performances and 0...
2016: PloS One
Helmuth Haslacher, Sonja Nistler, Delgerdalai Batmyagmar, Elisabeth Ponocny-Seliger, Thomas Perkmann, Thomas M Scherzer, Michael Kundi, Georg Endler, Franz Ratzinger, Alexander Pilger, Oswald F Wagner, Robert Winker
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Recent studies revealed a link between hypovitaminosis D3 and the risk for hyperglycemia. Further mechanistic and interventional investigations suggested a common reason for both conditions rather than a causal relationship. Exposure to sunlight is the most relevant source of vitamin D3 (25(OH)D), whereas adipose tissue is able to store relevant amounts of the lipophilic vitamin. Since running/bicycling leads to increased out-door time and alters physiological response mechanisms, it can be hypothesized that the correlation between hypovitaminosis D3 and hyperglycemia might be disturbed in outdoor athletes...
2016: PloS One
Erik Hohmann, Peter Reaburn, Kevin Tetsworth, Andreas Imhoff
The objective of this study was to record plantar pressures using an in-shoe measuring system before, during, and after a marathon run in ten experienced long-distance runners with a mean age of 37.7 ± 11.5 years. Peak and mean plantar pressures were recorded before, after, and every three km during a marathon race. There were no significant changes over time in peak and mean plantar pressures for either the dominant or non-dominant foot. There were significant between foot peak and mean plantar pressure differences for the total foot (p = 0...
June 2016: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
T Nickel, K Lackermair, J Scherr, A Calatzis, M Vogeser, H Hanssen, G Waidhauser, U Schönermark, H Methe, S Horster, U Wilbert-Lampen, M Halle
OBJECTIVES: Platelets are playing a crucial role in acute cardiovascular events. We investigated if physical stress activates platelets and whether this activation can be inhibited by a polyphenol-enriched diet. METHODS: Blood samples were taken from a total of 103 athletes three weeks before, one day before, immediately as well as 24 hours and 72 hours after a marathon run. Participants were randomized, double-blinded and divided into two groups. One group received a polyphenol-rich beverage the other the same beverage without polyphenols...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Kyung-A Shin, Ki Deok Park, Jaeki Ahn, Yongbum Park, Young-Joo Kim
The purpose of this study is to compare changes in biochemical markers for the skeletal muscles, hepatic metabolism, and renal function based on extreme long-distance running.Among healthy amateur endurance athletes who participated in a marathon, 100 km-, or 308 km ultramarathon, 15 athletes with similar physical and demographic characteristics were chosen to be the subjects in this study, upon completion of each course. The subjects' blood was collected before and after the course to identify biochemical markers for the skeletal muscles, hepatic metabolism, and renal function...
May 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Giuseppe Marcolin, Alessandro Grainer, Carlo Reggiani, Patrizia Bisiacchi, Giorgia Cona, Nicola Petrone, Antonio Paoli
The study aimed to investigate the effect of fatigue on static and dynamic postural stability after completing a mountain ultra-marathon. Twelve male athletes participated in the study. Postural stability was assessed before and immediately after the race. Static postural stability was evaluated on a dynamometric platform with eyes opened (OE) and closed (CE). Dynamic postural stability was assessed with OE on an instrumented plate which allowed medio-lateral oscillations. Stabilometric data were affected by fatigue in the OE condition, concerning sway path velocity (p = 0...
2016: PloS One
María Del Pilar Ramírez-Góngora, Franklyn Edwin Prieto-Alvarado
Participation in amateur street marathons has become increasingly popular and requires prior individual health risk assessment. The objective was to identify risk factors and readiness in registered runners. This was a cross-sectional study in a random sample (n = 510) of registered amateur runners 18-64 years of age, using a digital survey with IPAQ, Par-Q+, and STEPwise, with an expected physical inactivity rate of 35% (±5%). The study explored physical activity, (binge) alcohol consumption, fruit, vegetable, and salt intake, smoking, and readiness...
2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Lejla Salihu, Christoph Alexander Rüst, Thomas Rosemann, Beat Knechtle
Recent studies reported that the sex difference in performance in ultra-endurance sports such as swimming and cycling changed over the years. However, the aspect of drafting in draft-legal ultra-endurance races has not yet been investigated. This study investigates the sex difference in ultra-swimming and ultra-cycling draft-legal races where drafting - swimming or cycling behind other participants to save energy and have more power at the end of the race to overtake them, is allowed. The change in performance of the annual best and the annual three best in an ultra-endurance swimming race (16-km 'Faros Swim Marathon') over 38 years and in a 24-h ultra-cycling race ('World Cycling Race') over 13 years were compared and analysed with respect to sex difference...
April 30, 2016: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Maria F Piacentini, Giulia DE Ioannon, Giuseppe Cibelli, Sergio Mignardi, Agnese Antonelli, Laura Capranica
AIM: The purpose of the present study was to report the training of a master athlete in preparation to an ultra-marathon swimming event. METHODS: For 32 weeks prior to a 78km "solo" open water swim from Italy to Albania, a male long distance master (48 yrs) swimmer was monitored. Training volume was recorded as total time and distance while intensities were recorded according to international classifications utilizing the primary goal of the session method. Thereafter, time spent in the three training zones: Z1 (low intensity training), Z2 (threshold training) and Z3 (high intensity training) was calculated...
April 7, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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