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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336959/psychological-attributes-of-ultramarathoners
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Katherine Buck, Jack Spittler, Alex Reed, Morteza Khodaee
INTRODUCTION: As the popularity of ultramarathon participation increases, there still exists a lack of understanding of the unique psychological characteristics of ultramarathon runners. The current study sought to investigate some of the psychological and behavioral factors that are involved in ultramarathon running. METHODS: We obtained information from participants of the Bear Chase Trail Race via an online survey. This race is a single-day, multidistance race consisting of a 10 k, half marathon, 50 k, 50 mi, and 100 k run in Lakewood, Colorado, at a base altitude of 1680 m with total altitude in climbs ranging from 663 to 2591 m...
January 11, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305036/right-ventricular-structure-and-function-in-the-veteran-ultramarathon-runner-is-there-evidence-for-chronic-maladaptation
#2
Oliver Rothwell, Keith George, John Somauroo, Rachel Lord, Mike Stembridge, Rob Shave, Martin D Hoffman, Mathew Wilson, Euan Ashley, Francois Haddad, Thijs M H Eijsvogels, David Oxborough
BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that chronic exposure to prolonged strenuous exercise may result in maladaptation of the right ventricle (RV). The of this study aim was to establish RV structure and function, including septal insertion points, using conventional echocardiography and myocardial strain (ε) imaging in a veteran population of ultramarathon runners (UR) and age- and sex-matched controls. METHODS: A retrospective study design provided 40 UR (>35 years old; mean ± SD training experience, 18 ± 12 years) and 24 sedentary controls who had previously undergone conventional two-dimensional, tissue Doppler and speckle-tracking echocardiography to measure RV size and function...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283932/glomerular-filtration-rate-is-unchanged-by-ultramarathon
#3
Wojciech Wołyniec, Wojciech Ratkowski, Katarzyna Kasprowicz, Zbigniew Jastrzębski, Sylwia Małgorzewicz, Konrad Witek, Tomasz Grzywacz, Piotr Żmijewski, Marcin Renke
THE MAIN PROBLEM: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is reported as a common complication of marathon and ultramarathon running. In previous studies AKI was diagnosed on the basis of the creatinine level in serum and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). In the present study we calculated eGFR and also measured creatinine clearance after every 25 km of a 100 km run. METHODS: 20 healthy, amateur runners (males, mean age 40.75 ± 7.15 years, mean weight 76.87 ± 8.39 kg) took part in a 100 km run on a track...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259804/acute-kidney-injury-associated-with-endurance-events-is-it-a-cause-for-concern-a-systematic-review
#4
L E Hodgson, E Walter, R M Venn, R Galloway, Y Pitsiladis, F Sardat, L G Forni
Introduction: A growing body of evidence suggests even small rises in serum creatinine (SCr) are of considerable clinical relevance. Given that participants in endurance events are exposed to potential (repeated) renal insults, a systematic review was undertaken to collate current evidence for acute kidney injury (AKI), complicating such events. Methods: A systematic review of studies and case reports meeting inclusion criteria on Medline and EMBASE (inception to October 2015)...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237656/foot-strike-haemolysis-in-an-ultramarathon-runner
#5
Abid A Fazal, Mary S Whittemore, Katharine C DeGeorge
This case report describes mild anaemia and intravascular haemolysis in an otherwise healthy 41-year-old ultramarathon runner. In long-distance endurance athletes, trace gastrointestinal bleeding and plasma volume expansion are recognised sources of mild anaemia, often found incidentally. However, repetitive forceful foot striking can lead to blood cell lysis in the feet, resulting in a mild macrocytic anaemia and intravascular haemolysis, as was demonstrated in the patient described herein. Mild anaemia in runners, often called 'runner's pseudoanaemia', is typically clinically insignificant and does not require intervention...
December 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190850/mri-cartilage-assessment-of-the-subtalar-and-midtarsal-joints-during-a-transcontinental-ultramarathon-new-insights-into-human-locomotion
#6
Uwe Hans-Werner Schütz, Christian Billich, Daniel Schoss, Meinrad Beer, Jutta Ellermann
MR measurements can be accurately performed during 4486 km of running, opening a window into in vivo assessment of hindfoot articular cartilage under extreme ultra-endurance loading. This observational cross-sectional study included 22 randomized participants of TransEurope FootRace between Italy and the North Cape, which was accompanied by a trailer-mounted 1.5T MRI scanner over 9 weeks. Four follow up MR examinations of subtalar and midtarsal joints were performed. Statistics of cartilage T2*  and thickness were obtained...
November 30, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043500/optimal-pacing-and-carbohydrate-intake-strategies-for-ultramarathons
#7
Kristopher A Pruitt, Justin M Hill
PURPOSE: The purpose of this research is to determine the pacing and nutrition strategies which minimize completion time and carbohydrate intake for athletes competing in ultramarathon races. METHODS: We present the formulation of a two-phase optimization model. The first-phase mixed-integer nonlinear program (MINLP) determines the minimum completion time subject to the altitude, terrain, and distance of the race, as well as the mass and cardiovascular fitness of the athlete...
December 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038746/influence-of-exercise-duration-on-cardiorespiratory-responses-energy-cost-and-tissue-oxygenation-within-a-6-hour-treadmill-run
#8
Hugo A Kerhervé, Scott McLean, Karen Birkenhead, David Parr, Colin Solomon
PURPOSE: The physiological mechanisms for alterations in oxygen utilization ([Formula: see text]) and the energy cost of running (Cr ) during prolonged running are not completely understood, and could be linked with alterations in muscle and cerebral tissue oxygenation. METHODS: Eight trained ultramarathon runners (three women; mean ± SD; age 37 ± 7 yr; maximum [Formula: see text] 60 ± 15 mL min(-1) kg(-1)) completed a 6 hr treadmill run (6TR), which consisted of four modules, including periods of moderate (3 min at 10 km h(-1), 10-CR) and heavy exercise intensities (6 min at 70% of maximum [Formula: see text], HILL), separated by three, 100 min periods of self-paced running (SP)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994489/short-term-resource-allocation-during-extensive-athletic-competition
#9
Daniel P Longman, Sean P Prall, Eric C Shattuck, Ian D Stephen, Jay T Stock, Jonathan C K Wells, Michael P Muehlenbein
OBJECTIVES: Following predictions from life history theory, we sought to identify acute trade-offs between reproductive effort (as measured by psychological arousal) and somatic maintenance (via functional measures of innate immunity) during conditions of severe energetic imbalance. METHODS: Sixty-six male ultramarathon runners (ages 20 to 37 years) were sampled before and after a lengthy race. Saliva and sera were collected for testosterone and immunological analyses (hemolytic complement activity and bacterial killing ability)...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991044/mountain-cycling-ultramarathon-impacts-in-inflammatory-and-hemoglobin-responses
#10
Isanete Alonso, Andreia Matos, Ricardo Ribeiro, Ângela Gil, Carlos Cardoso, Luís B Sardinha, Manuel Bicho
PURPOSE: To analyze the cumulative physiological burden of repetitive, strenuous exercise held during mountain cycling ultramarathon on regulatory mechanisms of hemoglobin degradation. METHODS: Fifty-five non-professional athletes (mean age 44.8±7.1 years old) participating in a 9-consecutive-day mountain cycling ultramarathon (TransPortugal), underwent anthropometric, hematological and biochemical assessments before and immediately after the race. Participants were further stratified as completers (9 courses) or non-completers, and divided according to the time they took to complete the race...
October 3, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895063/considerations-in-the-use-of-body-mass-change-to-estimate-change-in-hydration-status-during-a-161-kilometer-ultramarathon-running-competition
#11
Martin D Hoffman, Eric D B Goulet, Ronald J Maughan
Hydration guidelines found in the scientific and popular literature typically advise that body mass losses beyond 2% should be avoided during exercise. In this work, we demonstrate that these guidelines are not applicable to prolonged exercise of several hours where body mass loss does not reflect an equivalent loss of body water due to the effects of body mass change from substrate use, release of water bound with muscle and liver glycogen, and production of water during substrate metabolism. These effects on the body mass loss required to maintain body water balance are shown for a 161-km mountain ultramarathon running competition participant utilizing published data for the total energy cost, exogenous energy consumption and percentage from each fuel source, average participant body mass, and the extent of soft tissue fluid accumulation during an ultramarathon...
September 11, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859414/physiological-and-biomechanical-mechanisms-of-distance-specific-human-running-performance
#12
M A Thompson
Running events range from 60-m sprints to ultra-marathons covering 100 miles or more, which presents an interesting diversity in terms of the parameters for successful performance. Here, we review the physiological and biomechanical variations underlying elite human running performance in sprint to ultramarathon distances. Maximal running speeds observed in sprint disciplines are achieved by high vertical ground reaction forces applied over short contact times. To create this high force output, sprint events rely heavily on anaerobic metabolism, as well as a high number and large cross-sectional area of type II fibers in the leg muscles...
August 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799161/performance-factors-in-a-mountain-ultramarathon
#13
Pascal Balducci, Michel Clémençon, Robin Trama, Yoann Blache, Christophe Hautier
This study aimed to determine mountain ultra-marathon (MUM) performance factors in a large group of endurance mountain runners. Maximal aerobic speed (MAS) was assessed one week prior to the MUM. The level and graded (10%) energy cost of running, stiffness, knee extensors force (KEf), and jump height on a counter movement jump (CMJ) were measured in 24 male ultra runners before (pre) and immediately after (post) the Interlacs Trail (75 km and 3 930/3 700 m d+/d-). Performance time was correlated with MAS (r=- 0...
October 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781178/exercise-associated-hyponatremia-hypernatremia-and-hydration-status-in-multistage-ultramarathons
#14
Brian J Krabak, Grant S Lipman, Brandee L Waite, Sean D Rundell
OBJECTIVE: Dysnatremia and altered hydration status are potentially serious conditions that have not been well studied in multistage ultramarathons. The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence and prevalence of exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) (Na+ <135 mmol·L-1) and hypernatremia (Na+ >145 mmol·L-1) and hydration status during a multistage ultramarathon. METHODS: This study involved a prospective observational cohort study of runners competing in a 250-km (155-mile) multistage ultramarathon (in the Jordan, Atacama, or Gobi Desert)...
December 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731980/running-performance-nationality-sex-and-age-in-the-10-km-half-marathon-marathon-and-the-100-km-ultramarathon-iaaf-1999-2015
#15
Pantelis T Nikolaidis, Vincent O Onywera, Beat Knechtle
Nikolaidis PT, Onywera VO, and Knechtle B. Running performance, nationality, sex, and age in the 10-km, half-marathon, marathon, and the 100-km ultramarathon IAAF 1999-2015. J Strength Cond Res 31(8): 2189-2207, 2017-The aim of this study was to examine the performance of the world's best runners in the 10-km, half-marathon, marathon, and 100-km races by age, sex, and nationality during 1999-2015, using data from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). A total of 38,895 runners (17,136 women and 21,759 men) were evaluated, with 2,594 (1,360 women and 1,234 men) in the 10-km; 11,595 (5,225 women and 6,370 men) in the half-marathon; 23,973 (10,208 women and 13,765 men) in the marathon; and 733 (343 women and 390 men) in 100-km events...
August 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704885/submaximal-markers-of-fatigue-and-overreaching-implications-for-monitoring-athletes
#16
André Siegl, Elisa M Kösel, Nicholas Tam, Susanne Koschnick, Nelleke G Langerak, Sabrina Skorski, Tim Meyer, Robert P Lamberts
The regular monitoring of athletes is important to fine-tune training and detect early symptoms of overreaching. Therefore the aim of this study was to determine if a noninvasive submaximal running test could reflect a state of overreaching. 14 trained runners completed a noninvasive Lamberts Submaximal Running Test, one week before and 2 days after finishing an ultramarathon, and delayed onset of muscle soreness and the daily analysis of life demands for athletes questionnaire were also captured. After the ultramarathon, submaximal heart rate was lower at 70% (-3 beats) and 85% of peak treadmill running speed (P<0...
September 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679502/ibuprofen-versus-placebo-effect-on-acute-kidney-injury-in-ultramarathons-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#17
Grant S Lipman, Kate Shea, Mark Christensen, Caleb Phillips, Patrick Burns, Rebecca Higbee, Viktoria Koskenoja, Kurt Eifling, Brian J Krabak
BACKGROUND: Despite concerns that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) contribute to acute kidney injury (AKI), up to 75% of ultramarathon runners ingest these during competition. The effect of NSAID on AKI incidence in ultramarathon runners is unclear. METHODS: Multisite randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial in the Gobi, Atacama, Ecuador and Sri Lankan deserts to determine whether ibuprofen (400 mg every 4 hours) would be non-inferior to placebo during a 50-mile (80 km) foot race...
October 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650691/changes-in-cartilage-biomarker-levels-during-a-transcontinental-multistage-footrace-over-4486-km
#18
Annegret Mündermann, Christopher Klenk, Christian Billich, Corina Nüesch, Geert Pagenstert, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss, Uwe Schütz
BACKGROUND: Cartilage turnover and load-induced tissue changes are frequently assessed by quantifying concentrations of cartilage biomarkers in serum. To date, information on the effects of ultramarathon running on articular cartilage is scarce. HYPOTHESIS: Serum concentrations of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, MMP-3, MMP-9, COL2-3/4C long mono (C2C), procollagen type II C-terminal propeptide (CPII), and C2C:CPII will increase throughout a multistage ultramarathon...
September 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629959/glycemic-control-and-muscle-damage-in-3-athletes-with-type-1-diabetes-during-a-successful-performance-in-a-relay-ultramarathon-a-case-report
#19
Taisa Belli, Denise V de Macedo, Pedro P M Scariot, Gustavo G de Araújo, Ivan G M Dos Reis, Fernanda L Lazarim, Lázaro A S Nunes, René Brenzikofer, Claudio A Gobatto
Ultramarathon races are fairly demanding and impose substantial physiological stress on healthy athletes. These competitions may thus be considerably more challenging for individuals with diabetes. This case study aims to describe glycemic control, muscle damage, inflammation, and renal function in 3 athletes with type 1 diabetes during a successful performance in a relay ultramarathon. The team completed the race in 29 hours and 28 minutes, earning third place. The total distance covered by each athlete was 68...
June 16, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611162/a-large-chronic-pericardial-effusion-in-an-ultramarathon-runner-with-anti-ccp-positive-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
Thomas J McClelland, Rose Penfold, Stefan Kluzek, Navraj S Nagra
Pericardial effusions arise as an extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Pericardial effusions are often asymptomatic, particularly in the early phase, but patients are at risk of cardiac tamponade as the effusion progresses. We discuss the case of a 40-year-old male ultramarathon runner with RA who presented with mild pleuritic chest pain and exertional dyspnoea after a recent long-haul flight. Despite a relative tachycardia, his observations were otherwise unremarkable. His blood tests revealed a C-reactive protein (CRP) of 86 mg/L and an anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) titre of 360 units/mL...
June 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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