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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327503/beetroot-juice-supplementation-improves-high-intensity-intermittent-type-exercise-performance-in-trained-soccer-players
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Jean Nyakayiru, Kristin L Jonvik, Jorn Trommelen, Philippe J M Pinckaers, Joan M Senden, Luc J C van Loon, Lex B Verdijk
It has been shown that nitrate supplementation can enhance endurance exercise performance. Recent work suggests that nitrate ingestion can also increase intermittent type exercise performance in recreational athletes. We hypothesized that six days of nitrate supplementation can improve high-intensity intermittent type exercise performance in trained soccer players. Thirty-two male soccer players (age: 23 ± 1 years, height: 181 ± 1 m, weight: 77 ± 1 kg, playing experience: 15.2 ± 0.5 years, playing in the first team of a 2nd or 3rd Dutch amateur league club) participated in this randomized, double-blind cross-over study...
March 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290718/assessments-of-mechanical-stiffness-and-relationships-to-performance-determinants-in-middle-distance-runners
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Simon A Rogers, Chris S Whatman, Simon N Pearson, Andrew E Kilding
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine relationships between methods of lower-limb stiffness and their associations with running economy (RE) and maximal velocity (vmax) in middle-distance (MD) runners. METHODS: Eleven highly-trained male MD runners performed a series of mechanical and physiological tests to determine maximal overground sprint speed, RE and V̇O2peak. Achilles tendon stiffness (kT) was estimated using ultrasonography during maximal isometric ankle plantarflexion...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254534/lower-limb-mechanical-asymmetry-during-repeated-treadmill-sprints
#3
Olivier Girard, Franck Brocherie, Jean-Benoit Morin, Grégoire P Millet
Stride mechanical imbalances between the lower limbs may be detrimental to performance and/or increase injury risks. This study describes the time course and magnitude of asymmetries in running mechanical variables during repeated treadmill sprints and examines whether inter-limb differences in sprinting mechanics increase with fatigue. Thirteen non-injured male athletes performed five 5-s sprints with 25-s recovery on an instrumented treadmill, allowing the continuous (step-by-step) measurement of running kinetics/kinematics and spring-mass characteristics calculation...
February 27, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229568/yo-yo-ir1-vs-incremental-continuous-running-test-for-prediction-of-3000-m-performance
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Boris Schmitz, Andreas Klose, Katrin Schelleckes, Charlotte M Jekat, Michael Krüger, Stefan-Martin Brand
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to compare physiological responses during the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 1 (Yo-Yo IR1) test and an incremental continuous running field test (ICRT) and to analyze their predictive value on 3000 m running performance. METHODS: Forty moderately trained individuals (18 females) performed the ICRT and Yo-Yo IR1 test to exhaustion. The ICRT was performed as graded running test with an increase of 2.0 km·h-1 after each 3 min interval for lactate diagnostic...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210643/perception-of-health-problems-among-competitive-runners-a-qualitative-study-of-cognitive-appraisals-and-behavioral-responses
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Sara Jelvegård, Toomas Timpka, Victor Bargoria, Håkan Gauffin, Jenny Jacobsson
BACKGROUND: Approximately 2 of every 3 competitive runners sustain at least 1 health problem each season. Most of these problems are nontraumatic injuries with gradual onset. The main known risk indicator for sustaining a new running-related injury episode is a history of a previous injury, suggesting that behavioral habits are part of the causal mechanisms. PURPOSE: Identification of elements associated with purposeful interpretations of body perceptions and balanced behavioral responses may supply vital information for prevention of health problems in runners...
December 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195970/reduction-of-physiological-strain-under-a-hot-and-humid-environment-by-a-hybrid-cooling-vest
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Albert P C Chan, Y Yang, Francis K W Wong, Michael C H Yam, Del P Wong, W F Song
Cooling treatment is regarded as one of good practices to provide safe training conditions to athletic trainers in the hot environment. The present study aimed to investigate whether wearing a commercial lightweight and portable hybrid cooling vest that combines air ventilation fans with frozen gel packs was an effective means to reduce participants' body heat strain. In this within-subject repeated measures study, 10 male volunteers participated in two heat-stress trials (one with the cooling vest - COOL condition, and another without - CON condition, in a randomized order) inside a climatic chamber with a controlled ambient temperature 33 °C and relative humidity (RH) 75% on an experimental day...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174540/the-influence-of-mid-event-deception-on-psychophysiological-status-and-pacing-can-persist-across-consecutive-disciplines-and-enhance-self-paced-multi-modal-endurance-performance
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Daniel Taylor, Mark F Smith
Purpose: To examine the effects of deceptively aggressive bike pacing on performance, pacing, and associated physiological and perceptual responses during simulated sprint-distance triathlon. Methods: Ten non-elite, competitive male triathletes completed three simulated sprint-distance triathlons (0.75 km swim, 500 kJ bike, 5 km run), the first of which established personal best "baseline" performance (BL). During the remaining two trials athletes maintained a cycling power output 5% greater than BL, before completing the run as quickly as possible...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149359/the-activity-profile-of-young-tennis-athletes-playing-on-clay-and-hard-courts-preliminary-data
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Lucas Adriano Pereira, Victor Freitas, Felipe Arruda Moura, Marcelo Saldanha Aoki, Irineu Loturco, Fábio Yuzo Nakamura
The aim of this study was to compare the kinematic characteristics of tennis matches between red clay and hard courts in young tennis players. Eight young tennis players performed two tennis matches on different court surfaces. The match activities were monitored using GPS units. The distance covered in different velocity ranges and the number of accelerations were analyzed. The paired t test and inference based on magnitudes were used to compare the match physical performance between groups. The total distance (24% of difference), high-intensity running distance (15 - 18 km/h) (30% of difference), the number of high-intensity activities (44% of difference), the body load (1% of difference), and accelerations >1...
April 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095067/pacing-strategies-and-metabolic-responses-during-4-minute-running-time-trials
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Jonathan Watkins, Simon Platt, Erik Andersson, Kerry McGawley
PURPOSE: The aim of the current study was to investigate pacing strategies and the distribution of physiological resources in best versus worst performances during a series of 4-minute, self-paced running time-trials (RunTTs). METHODS: Five male and five female recreational runners (age 32 ± 7 years) completed a sub-maximal ramp test and five RunTTs on a motor-driven treadmill fitted with a speed-controlling laser system. The supramaximal V̇O2 demand was estimated by linear extrapolation from the sub-maximal relationship between V̇O2 and speed, enabling computation of the accumulated oxygen deficit (AOD)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039074/caffeine-stimulates-voluntary-wheel-running-in-mice-without-increasing-aerobic-capacity
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Gerald C Claghorn, Zoe Thompson, Kristianna Wi, Lindsay Van, Theodore Garland
The "energy drink" Red Bull and the "sports drink" Gatorade are often marketed to athletes, with claims that they cause performance gains. However, both are high in sugars, and also consumed by non-athletes. Few studies have addressed the effects of these drinks or their biologically active components in rodent exercise models. We used three experiments to test effects on both voluntary exercise behavior and maximal aerobic capacity in lines of mice known to differ in "athletic" traits. Mice from four replicate High Runner (HR) lines have been selectively bred for voluntary running on wheels, and run approximately three times as many revolutions per day as do mice from four non-selected Control (C) lines...
December 28, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018192/differences-in-resting-state-functional-connectivity-between-young-adult-endurance-athletes-and-healthy-controls
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David A Raichlen, Pradyumna K Bharadwaj, Megan C Fitzhugh, Kari A Haws, Gabrielle-Ann Torre, Theodore P Trouard, Gene E Alexander
Expertise and training in fine motor skills has been associated with changes in brain structure, function, and connectivity. Fewer studies have explored the neural effects of athletic activities that do not seem to rely on precise fine motor control (e.g., distance running). Here, we compared resting-state functional connectivity in a sample of adult male collegiate distance runners (n = 11; age = 21.3 ± 2.5) and a group of healthy age-matched non-athlete male controls (n = 11; age = 20.6 ± 1.1), to test the hypothesis that expertise in sustained aerobic motor behaviors affects resting state functional connectivity in young adults...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009787/prevalence-of-exercise-induced-arterial-hypoxemia-in-distance-runners-at-sea-level
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Keren Constantini, David A Tanner, Timothy P Gavin, Craig A Harms, Joel M Stager, Robert F Chapman
PURPOSE: It has been reported that ~50% of endurance-trained men demonstrate exercise induced arterial oxyhemoglobin hypoxemia (EIAH) during heavy exercise. However, this often-cited prevalence rate comes from a single study using a cohort of 25 highly trained men who completed maximal cycle ergometry. As arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation (SpO2) during maximal exercise is reported to be significantly lower during treadmill vs. cycle ergometry in the same subjects, we hypothesized that the prevalence of EIAH would be greater than previously reported (and commonly referenced) in a larger cohort of highly endurance-trained men during maximal treadmill running...
December 22, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007336/the-combined-frequency-of-igf-and-myostatin-polymorphism-among-track-field-athletes-and-swimmers
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Sigal Ben-Zaken, Yoav Meckel, Dan Nemet, Alon Eliakim
OBJECTIVE: The IGF C-1245T (rs35767) and the myostatin (MSTN) Lys(K)-153Arg(R) genetic polymorphism may influence skeletal muscle phenotypes and athletic performance. Carrying the minor IGF T allele and the myostatin rare R allele was associated with higher circulating IGF-I levels, greater muscle mass and improved performance. The aim of the present study was to assess the combined frequency of the IGF 1245T (rs35767) and MSTN 153Arg(R) polymorphism among Israeli track and field athletes (n=111) and swimmers (n=80)...
December 15, 2016: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967284/sled-towing-the-optimal-overload-for-peak-power-production
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Andrea Monte, Francesca Nardello, Paola Zamparo
PURPOSE: The effects of different loads on kinematic and kinetic variables during sled towing were investigated with the aim to identify the optimal overload for this specific sprint training. METHODS: Thirteen male sprinters (100m PB: 10.91±0.14 s) performed 5 maximal trials over a 20m distance in the following conditions: unloaded (UL) and with loads from +15% to +40% of the athlete's body mass (BM). In these calculations the sled mass and friction were taken into account...
December 14, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923481/regulation-of-step-frequency-in-transtibial-amputee-endurance-athletes-using-a-running-specific-prosthesis
#15
Laura M Oudenhoven, Judith M Boes, Laura Hak, Gert S Faber, Han Houdijk
Running specific prostheses (RSP) are designed to replicate the spring-like behaviour of the human leg during running, by incorporating a real physical spring in the prosthesis. Leg stiffness is an important parameter in running as it is strongly related to step frequency and running economy. To be able to select a prosthesis that contributes to the required leg stiffness of the athlete, it needs to be known to what extent the behaviour of the prosthetic leg during running is dominated by the stiffness of the prosthesis or whether it can be regulated by adaptations of the residual joints...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884865/running-exposure-is-associated-with-the-risk-of-hamstring-strain-injury-in-elite-australian-footballers
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Joshua D Ruddy, Christopher W Pollard, Ryan G Timmins, Morgan D Williams, Anthony J Shield, David A Opar
BACKGROUND: To investigate the association between running exposure and the risk of hamstring strain injury (HSI) in elite Australian footballers. METHODS: Elite Australian footballers (n=220) from 5 different teams participated. Global positioning system (GPS) data were provided for every athlete for each training session and match for the entire 2015 season. The occurrences of HSIs throughout the study period were reported. Receiver operator characteristic curve analyses were performed and the relative risk (RR) of subsequent HSI was calculated for absolute and relative running exposure variables related to distance covered above 10 and 24 km/hour in the preceding week/s...
November 24, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872598/futsal-match-related-fatigue-affects-running-performance-and-neuromuscular-parameters-but-not-finishing-kick-speed-or-accuracy
#17
Fabio Milioni, Luiz H P Vieira, Ricardo A Barbieri, Alessandro M Zagatto, Nikolai B Nordsborg, Fabio A Barbieri, Júlio W Dos-Santos, Paulo R P Santiago, Marcelo Papoti
Purpose: The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of futsal match-related fatigue on running performance, neuromuscular variables, and finishing kick speed and accuracy. Methods: Ten professional futsal players participated in the study (age: 22.2 ± 2.5 years) and initially performed an incremental protocol to determine maximum oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]: 50.6 ± 4.9 mL.kg(-1).min(-1)). Next, simulated games were performed, in four periods of 10 min during which heart rate and blood lactate concentration were monitored...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826878/optimization-of-running-strategies-according-to-the-physiological-parameters-for-a-two-runners-model
#18
Camilla Fiorini
In order to describe the velocity and the anaerobic energy of two runners competing against each other for middle-distance races, we present a mathematical model relying on an optimal control problem for a system of ordinary differential equations. The model is based on energy conservation and on Newton's second law: resistive forces, propulsive forces and variations in the maximal oxygen uptake are taken into account. The interaction between the runners provides a minimum for staying 1 m behind one's competitor...
January 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815238/strategies-and-factors-associated-with-preparing-for-competing-in-the-heat-a-cohort-study-at-the-2015-iaaf-world-athletics-championships
#19
Julien D Périard, Sébastien Racinais, Toomas Timpka, Örjan Dahlström, Armin Spreco, Jenny Jacobsson, Victor Bargoria, Karin Halje, Juan-Manuel Alonso
PURPOSE: Assess exertional heat illness (EHI) history and preparedness in athletes competing in a World Athletics Championships under hot/humid conditions and identify the factors associated with preparedness strategies. METHODS: Of the 207 registered national teams invited to participate in the study, 50 (24%) accepted. The 957 athletes (49% of all 1965 registered) in these teams were invited to complete a precompetition questionnaire evaluating EHI history, heat stress prevention (heat acclimatisation, precooling and hydration) and recovery...
February 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806015/gps-analysis-of-a-high-school-football-scrimmage
#20
B H Gleason, M Sams, J T Salley, A Pustina, M H Stone
The purpose of this study was to examine the physical demands of a high school American football scrimmage. Male high school football players (N = 25) participated in a spring scrimmage. Global positioning system data and game film were recorded throughout the entirety of the scrimmage to determine the total distance covered, the distance covered in different velocity bands, the number of accelerations and decelerations performed, and the work-to-rest ratio of the scrimmage. The athletes were divided into two groups: linemen (L) (N = 7) vs...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
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