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The limits to exercise performance and the future of fatigue research

Marino, F. E., Gard, M. and Drinkwater, E. J. 2011, The limits to exercise performance and the future of fatigue research, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 65-67, doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2009.067611.

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Title The limits to exercise performance and the future of fatigue research
Author(s) Marino, F. E.
Gard, M.
Drinkwater, E. J.
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Start page 65
End page 67
Total pages 3
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Keyword(s) Exercise
Exercise Tolerance
Fatigue
Feedback, Physiological
Forecasting
Humans
Terminology as Topic
Summary The study of human fatigue stretches back centuries and remains a significant part of medical and social discourse. In the exercise sciences fatigue is routinely related to the ability to produce muscle force or to the recovery from force decrements. However, the study of fatigue has by virtue of the experimental paradigm excluded the subjective sense a person attributes to an event or experience, thus reducing our overall understanding of the fatigue process. Modern studies report the causes of fatigue as either central or peripheral in origin. Although useful, this dichotomy can also exclude the individual subjective assessment. Furthermore, adhering dogmatically to set parameters is likely limiting the advancement of our understanding. A more realistic paradigm would permit the individual to use the sensory cues to adjust the effort along with the fatigue process rather than rely purely on feedback mechanisms. Therefore, bringing feedforward mechanisms of the brain into fatigue research perhaps represents the next phase in the unravelling of the fatigue process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2009.067611
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, BMJ Publishing Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083059

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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