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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818999/short-term-arrival-strategies-for-endurance-exercise-performance-at-moderate-altitude
#1
Joshua L Foss, Keren Constantini, Timothy D Mickleborough, Robert F Chapman
For sea level-based endurance athletes who compete at moderate and high altitudes, many are not logistically able to arrive at altitude weeks prior to the event to fully acclimatize. For those who can only arrive at altitude the night before competition, we asked if there is a physiological and performance advantage in reducing altitude exposure time to two hours prior to competition. On three separate visits, ten cyclists completed overnight laboratory exposures of: 1) a 14-hour exposure to normobaric hypoxia (16...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811749/acute-cocoa-flavanols-intake-has-minimal-effects-on-exercise-induced-oxidative-stress-and-nitric-oxide-production-in-healthy-cyclists-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Lieselot Decroix, Cajsa Tonoli, Danusa Dias Soares, Amandine Descat, Marie-José Drittij-Reijnders, Antje R Weseler, Aalt Bast, Wilhelm Stahl, Elsa Heyman, Romain Meeusen
BACKGROUND: Cocoa flavanols (CF) can stimulate vasodilation by improved nitric oxide (NO) synthesis and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacities. This study aimed to examine whether acute CF intake can affect exercise-induced changes in antioxidant capacity, oxidative stress, inflammation and NO production, as well as exercise performance and recovery in well-trained cyclists. METHODS: Twelve well-trained male cyclists (mean ± SD age, VO2max: 30 ± 3 years, 63...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672065/lean-mass-explains-the-association-between-muscular-fitness-and-bone-outcomes-in-13-year-old-boys
#3
Esther Ubago-Guisado, Dimitris Vlachopoulos, Augusto César Ferreira de Moraes, Ana Torres-Costoso, Kelly Wilkinson, Brad Metcalf, Javier Sánchez-Sánchez, Leonor Gallardo, Luis Gracia-Marco
AIM: This study investigated the associations between fitness indices and bone outcomes in young males. METHODS: Data were collected between autumn and winter 2014-2015 on 121 males with a mean age of 13.1 ±0.1 years: 41 swimmers, 37 footballers, 29 cyclists and 14 non-athletes. Participants were recruited from athletic clubs and schools across South West England. Lean mass, areal bone mineral density and hip structural estimates were measured using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
July 3, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671853/physiological-and-anthropometric-characteristics-of-top-level-youth-cross-country-cyclists
#4
Alessandro Fornasiero, Aldo Savoldelli, Roberto Modena, Gennaro Boccia, Barbara Pellegrini, Federico Schena
In the literature there is a lack of data about the development of top level athletes in cross-country mountain biking (XCO). The purpose of this study was to analyze anthropometric and physiological characteristics of some of the best XCO bikers aged between 13 and 16. The study involved 45 bikers (26 males and 19 females) belonging to a youth national team. The evaluations, consisting of anthropometric measures, incremental cycling tests (VO2max, PPO, P@RCP), and 30 s Wingate Tests (PMax, PMean), were conducted over a lapse of 4 years...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664327/effects-of-mindfulness-practice-on-performance-relevant-parameters-and-performance-outcomes-in-sports-a-meta-analytical-review
#5
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Lucia Bühlmayer, Daniel Birrer, Philipp Röthlin, Oliver Faude, Lars Donath
BACKGROUND: Mindfulness as a present-oriented form of mental training affects cognitive processes and is increasingly considered meaningful for sport psychological training approaches. However, few intervention studies have examined the effects of mindfulness practice on physiological and psychological performance surrogates or on performance outcomes in sports. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present meta-analytical review was to examine the effects of mindfulness practice or mindfulness-based interventions on physiological and psychological performance surrogates and on performance outcomes in sports in athletes over 15 years of age...
June 29, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657821/a-scientific-approach-to-improve-physiological-capacity-of-an-elite-cyclist
#6
Bent R Rønnestad, Joar Hansen
Previous studies in endurance athletes has indicated that block periodization (BP) can be a good alternative to the more traditional organization of training despite the total volume and intensity of the training being similar. However, these studies usually last only 4-12 weeks. The aim of the present single-case study was to investigate the consequences of 58 weeks with systematic BP of low intensity training (LIT), moderate intensity training (MIT) and high intensity interval training (HIT) including incorporation of heavy strength training...
June 28, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605609/effects-of-macro-and-micronutrients-on-exercise-induced-hepcidin-response-in-highly-trained-endurance-athletes
#7
Dylan T Dahlquist, Trent Stellingwerff, Brad P Dieter, Donald C McKenzie, Michael S Koehle
Iron deficiency has ergolytic effects on athletic performance. Exercise-induced inflammation impedes iron absorption in the digestive tract by upregulating the expression of the iron regulatory protein, hepcidin. Limited research indicates the potential of specific macro- and micronutrients on blunting exercise-induced hepcidin. Therefore, we investigated the effects of postexercise supplementation with protein and carbohydrate (CHO) and vitamins D3 and K2 on the postexercise hepcidin response. Ten highly trained male cyclists (age: 26...
June 12, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605210/pacing-strategy-during-simulated-mountain-bike-racing
#8
Bruno Ferreira Viana, Flávio Oliveira Pires, Allan Inoue, Tony Meireles Santos
Cross-country mountain biking (XCO) is a popular high-intensity cycling endurance event, however, XCO pacing strategy has not been fully examined. This study examined the pacing strategies of different XCO athletes, during a laboratory-simulated XCO performance test. Brazilian cyclists classified as performance cohort level three (PL3-trained) performed an XCO race simulation. The simulation consisted of four 10 km laps with a gradient of 0-10%. No group vs. time interaction was found in lap time (P = 0.169), absolute (P = 0...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459286/the-maximally-achievable-cycling-cadence-affects-carbohydrate-management-at-moderate-and-heavy-exercise-intensity
#9
Ralph Beneke, Tobias G J Weber, Renate M Leithäuser
Effects of different cycling cadences (RPM) on metabolic rate, blood lactate concentration (BLC), and reliance on carbohydrate (CHO) defined as the fraction of oxygen uptake used for CHO oxidation (relCHO) are highly individual. Whether this depends on the individually maximal achievable RPM obtained at minimized cycling resistance (RPMmax), is unknown. We tested the hypotheses that 1) the individual freely chosen RPM at an incremental cycle ergometer test (ILT), and 2) relCHO at given BLC levels both depend on RPMmax...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437638/motor-expertise-and-performance-in-spatial-tasks-a-meta-analysis
#10
Daniel Voyer, Petra Jansen
The present study aimed to provide a summary of findings relevant to the influence of motor expertise on performance in spatial tasks and to examine potential moderators of this effect. Studies of relevance were those in which individuals involved in activities presumed to require motor expertise were compared to non-experts in such activities. A final set of 62 effect sizes from 33 samples was included in a multilevel meta-analysis. The results showed an overall advantage in favor of motor experts in spatial tasks (d=0...
April 21, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422523/can-the-lamberts-submaximal-cycle-test-reflect-overreaching-in-professional-cyclists
#11
Lieselot Decroix, Robert P Lamberts, Romain Meeusen
PURPOSE: The Lamberts and Lambert Submaximal Cycle Test (LSCT) consists of 3 stages during which cyclist's cycle for 6 minutes at 60%, 6 minutes at 80% and 3 minutes at 90% of their maximal heart rate, followed by one-minute recovery. It was the aim of this study to determine if the LSCT is able to reflect a state of functional overreaching in professional female cyclists during an 8-day training camp and the following recovery days. METHODS: Six professional female cyclists performed an LSCT on day 1, day 5 and day 8 of the training camp and 3 days after the training camp...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422520/low-level-laser-therapy-improves-performance-and-reduces-fatigue-in-competitive-cyclists
#12
Fábio J Lanferdini, Rodrigo R Bini, Bruno M Baroni, Kelli D Klein, Felipe P Carpes, Marco A Vaz
Evidence supports that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) minimizes fatigue effects on muscle performance. However, the ideal LLLT dosage to improve athletes' performance during sports activities, such as cycling, is still unclear. Therefore, the goal of this study was to investigate the effects of different LLLT dosages on cyclists' performance in time-to-exhaustion tests. In addition, we looked at the effects of LLLT on the frequency content of the EMG signals to assess fatigue mechanisms. Twenty male competitive cyclists participated in a crossover, randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379266/keto-analogues-and-amino-acids-supplementation-induces-a-decrease-of-white-blood-cell-counts-and-a-reduction-of-muscle-damage-during-intense-exercise-under-thermoneutral-conditions
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R C P Lima, S R A S Camerino, T C L França, D S A Rodrigues, M G S Gouveia, A Ximenes-da-Silva, A Bassini, E S Prado, L C Cameron
This study evaluated the acute effect of keto analogue and amino acid (AA-KAAA) supplementation on both white blood cell counts and the established biomarkers of muscle damage during exercise under thermoneutral conditions. Sixteen male cyclists received a ketogenic diet for two days and were divided into two equal groups: a group taking AA-KAAA (KA) or a control group (PL). The athletes performed a two hour cycling session followed by a maximum incremental test until voluntary exhaustion (VExh). Blood samples were obtained at rest and during exercise for further hematological and biochemical analyses...
April 19, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368959/the-effects-of-a-cycling-warm-up-including-high-intensity-heavy-resistance-conditioning-contractions-on-subsequent-4-km-time-trial-performance
#14
Alan Chorley, Kevin L Lamb
Prior exercise has been shown to improve subsequent performance via different mechanisms. Sport-specific conditioning contractions can be used to exploit the 'post-activation potentiation' (PAP) phenomenon to enhance performance although this has rarely been investigated in short endurance events. The aim of this study was to compare a cycling warm-up with PAP-inducing conditioning contractions (CW) with a moderate intensity warm-up (MW) on performance and physiological outcomes of 4 km time trial. Ten well-trained male endurance cyclists (V[Combining Dot Above]O2max 65...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278174/exploring-the-performance-reserve-effect-of-different-magnitudes-of-power-output-deception-on-4-000-m-cycling-time-trial-performance
#15
Mark R Stone, Kevin Thomas, Michael Wilkinson, Emma Stevenson, Alan St Clair Gibson, Andrew M Jones, Kevin G Thompson
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to investigate whether a magnitude of deception of 5% in power output would lead to a greater reduction in the amount of time taken for participants to complete a 4000 m cycling TT than a magnitude of deception of 2% in power output, which we have previously shown can lead to a small change in 4000 m cycling TT performance. METHODS: Ten trained male cyclists completed four, 4000 m cycling TTs. The first served as a habituation and the second as a baseline for future trials...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188371/the-effect-of-functional-overreaching-on-parameters-of-autonomic-heart-rate-regulation
#16
Clint R Bellenger, Rebecca L Thomson, Eileen Y Robertson, Kade Davison, Maximillian J Nelson, Laura Karavirta, Jonathan D Buckley
PURPOSE: Correlations between fatigue-induced changes in performance and maximal rate of HR increase (rHRI) may be affected by differing assessment workloads. This study evaluated the effect of assessing rHRI at different workloads on performance tracking, and compared this with HR variability (HRV) and HR recovery (HRR). METHODS: Performance [5-min cycling time trial (5TT)], rHRI (at multiple workloads), HRV and HRR were assessed in 12 male cyclists following 1 week of light training (LT), 2 weeks of heavy training (HT) and a 10-day taper (T)...
March 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181210/the-differences-in-electrocardiogram-interpretation-in-top-level-athletes
#17
Agnieszka A Jakubiak, Krystyna Burkhard-Jagodzińska, Wojciech Król, Marcin Konopka, Dominik Bursa, Dariusz Sitkowski, Marek Kuch, Wojciech Braksator
BACKGROUND: The Ministry of Health in Poland recommends electrocardiogram (ECG)-based cardiovascular screening in athletes, but so far there has been a lack of guidelines on preparticipation assessment. We compared different criteria of ECG screening assessment in a group of top-level athletes. AIM: The aims were to evaluate the prevalence of ECG changes in athletes that necessitate further cardiological work-up according to three criteria in various age groups as well as to identify factors determining the occurrence of changes related and unrelated to the training...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149346/differences-in-physiological-responses-to-interval-training-in-cyclists-with-and-without-interval-training-experience
#18
Rafal Hebisz, Paulina Hebisz, Jacek Borkowski, Marek Zatoń
The aim of this study was to determine differences in glycolytic metabolite concentrations and work output in response to an all-out interval training session in 23 cyclists with at least 2 years of interval training experience (E) and those inexperienced (IE) in this form of training. The intervention involved subsequent sets of maximal intensity exercise on a cycle ergometer. Each set comprised four 30 s repetitions interspersed with 90 s recovery periods; sets were repeated when blood pH returned to 7.3...
April 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997257/solid-gel-and-liquid-carbohydrate-format-effects-on-gut-comfort-and-performance
#19
Mathilde Guillochon, David S Rowlands
Carbohydrate sports drinks produce worthwhile benefits to endurance performance compared with noncaloric controls. However, athletes now consume carbohydrate in a range of formats, including gels and bars, but the comparable performance outcomes are unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study was to establish the relative effects of drink, gel, bar, and mixed carbohydrate formats on intense cycling performance. In a treatmentapparent randomized crossover design, 12 well-trained male cyclists completed 4 trials comprising a 140-min race simulation, followed by a double-blind slow-ramp to exhaustion (0...
June 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967282/whole-body-vibration-increases-subsequent-sprint-performance-in-well-trained-cyclists
#20
Bent R Rønnestad, Gunnar Slettaløkken Falch, Stian Ellefsen
PURPOSE: Postactivation potentiation (PAP) exercise with added whole-body vibration (WBV) has been suggested as a potential way to acutely improve sprint performance. In cycling, there are many competitions and situations where sprinting abilities are important. In the present study we investigated the effect of adding WBV to warm-up procedures on subsequent cycle sprint performance. METHODS: Eleven well-trained cyclists participated in the study. All cyclists performed a familiarization session before two separate test sessions in randomized order...
December 14, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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