Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-12739
Knechtle, B; Knechtle, P; Schulze, I; Kohler, G (2008). Upper arm circumference is associated with race performance in ultra-endurance runners. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 42(4):295-299.
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Objective: To investigate the association of anthropometric
parameters to race performance in ultra-endurance runners in a multistage ultra-endurance run.
Design: Descriptive field study.
Setting: The Deutschlandlauf 2006 race in Germany, where athletes had to run 1200 km within 17 consecutive days. There were no interventions.
Subjects: In total, there were 19 male Caucasian ultraendurancerunners (mean (SD) 46.2 (9.6) years, 71.8 (5.2) kg, 179 (6) cm, BMI 22.5 (1.9) kg/m2). Main outcome measurements: Determination of body mass, body height, length of lower limbs, skin-fold thicknesses, circumference of limbs, body mass index (BMI), percentage skeletal muscle mass (%SM), and percentage body fat (%BF) in 19 successful finishers in order to correlate anthropometric parameters with running performance.
Results: A significant association of upper arm circumference with the total running time was found (p,0.05,
r2=0.26). No significant association was found with the
directly measured anthropometric properties body height, body mass, average skin-fold thickness and the circumference
of thigh and calf (p.0.05). Furthermore, no significant association was observed between the running time and the calculated parameters BMI, %BF, and %SM (p.0.05).
Conclusions: In an ultra-endurance run over 1200 km within 17 consecutive days, circumference of the upper arm was the only factor associated with performance in well-experienced ultra-endurance runners. Body mass, BMI, body height, length of limbs, skin-fold thicknesses, circumference of limbs and the calculated percentage body composition of skeletal muscle mass and body fat showed no association with running performance.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of General Practice|
|Dewey Decimal Classification:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||12 Feb 2009 09:43|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 23:57|
|Publisher:||BMJ Publishing Group|
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