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Anthropometry and pre-race experience of finishers and nonfinishers in a multistage ultra-endurance run--Deutschlandlauf 2007


Knechtle, B; Duff, B; Schulze, I; Rosemann, T; Senn, O (2009). Anthropometry and pre-race experience of finishers and nonfinishers in a multistage ultra-endurance run--Deutschlandlauf 2007. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 109(1):105-118.

Abstract

The effects of anthropometry and pre-race experience on race performance were investigated in male nonprofessional ultra-runners performing a multistage run of 1,200 km over 17 days. Of 24 athletes examined pre-race, 14 (58%) dropped out during the race due to overuse injuries of the lower limbs. During the race, body mass, thickness of the calf skin-fold, skeletal muscle mass, and percent body fat decreased significantly, while circumference of the upper arm, thickness of triceps, and abdominal skin-fold as well as Body Mass Index decreased significantly in the finishers. Neither anthropometry nor pre-race experience and training volume nor previously finished races were associated with the race time of the finishers. In future studies of ultra-runners, the influence of psychological (cognitive and emotional) predictors on race outcome should be investigated.

Abstract

The effects of anthropometry and pre-race experience on race performance were investigated in male nonprofessional ultra-runners performing a multistage run of 1,200 km over 17 days. Of 24 athletes examined pre-race, 14 (58%) dropped out during the race due to overuse injuries of the lower limbs. During the race, body mass, thickness of the calf skin-fold, skeletal muscle mass, and percent body fat decreased significantly, while circumference of the upper arm, thickness of triceps, and abdominal skin-fold as well as Body Mass Index decreased significantly in the finishers. Neither anthropometry nor pre-race experience and training volume nor previously finished races were associated with the race time of the finishers. In future studies of ultra-runners, the influence of psychological (cognitive and emotional) predictors on race outcome should be investigated.

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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
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:19 Mar 2010 12:02
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:58
Publisher:Ammons Scientific
ISSN:0031-5125
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2466/PMS.109.1.105-118
PubMed ID:19831091

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