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An Observational Study on the Perceptive and Physiological Variables During a 10,000-m Race Walking Competition.
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In this study, we observed the variations on physiological and perceptual variables during a self-paced 10,000-m race walking event with the aim to trace a preliminary performance profile of the distance. On fourteen male athletes, heart rate was monitored continuously throughout the event. The rating of perceived exertion was collected using the Borg's 6-20 RPE scale placed at each 1000-m of an outdoor-tartan-track. Pacing data were retrieved from the official race results and presented as percent change compared to the first split-time. The athletes spent 95.4% at 90-100% of HRpeak, while the other work (4.6%) was negligible. During the race a shift towards higher HR values were observed because % HRpeak increased by 3.6% in the last versus the first 1000-m sector (P = 0.002, ES = 1.55 ± 0.68, large). The mean RPE reported by the athletes in the last 1000-m was significantly higher than the first five sectors (P < 0.02, ES = 1.93 to 2.96, large to very large). The mean percent change increased between the first six sectors and the last 1000-m sector (P < 0.01, ES = 1.02 to 2.1, moderate to very large). The analysis of walking velocity at each 1000-m sector suggested the adoption of a negative pacing. In conclusion, rating of perceived exertion may be a valid marker of exercise intensity even in real settings. Match physiological and perceptual data with work rate is required to understand the race-related regulatory processes. Pacing should be considered as a conscious behaviour decided by the athletes based on the internal feed-back during the race.
Gianluca Vernillo; Luca Agnello; Andrew Drake; Johnny Padulo; Maria F Piacentini; Antonio La Torre
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Department of Sport, Nutrition and Health Sciences; Faculty of Exercise Sciences; Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy; 2Center of Sport Medicine, Don Gnocchi Foundation, Milan, Italy; 3Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, United Kingdom; 4Faculty of Medicine and Surgery - Motor Sciences, University 'Tor Vergata', Rome, Italy; 5Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, Università degli Studi di Roma-Foro Italico (IUSM), Rome, Italy;
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