n International SportMed Journal - Energy cost of running in middle-aged amateur runners : is it affected by fatigue? : original research article
|Article Title||Energy cost of running in middle-aged amateur runners : is it affected by fatigue? : original research article|
|© Publisher:||International Federation of Sports Medicine|
|Journal||International SportMed Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Verona, Italy, 2 University of Verona, Italy, 3 University of Verona, Italy, 4 University of Verona, Italy and 5 University of Verona, Italy|
|Publication Date||Mar 2014|
|Pages||21 - 29|
|Keyword(s)||Energy cost of running, Fatigue and Master athlete|
Background : The energy cost of running per unit mass and distance (Cr) is reported to increase or to remain constant after a fatigue test in young healthy adults. No studies had been performed on master athletes on this topic.
Research question : Does the energy cost of running increase after a half marathon in a group of master athletes?
Type of study : Pre-Post single group design.
Methods : Ten healthy master athletes took part in the experiment. The experimental protocol involved an incremental test to exhaustion, a half marathon simulation, and two sessions of energy cost assessments before and after the race simulation.
Results : Neither comparing fatigue to no-fatigue conditions (p>0.05) nor as a function of the running speed (p>0.05) could show a change in the group mean energy cost.
Conclusions : The energy cost of running is not affected by a half marathon race within a group of master athletes.
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