Category: Science

ADAPTATION TO DOWNHILL RUNNING: IS IT POSSIBLE?

Photo by Alessio Soggetti (Unsplash) Muscle contractions in sports are usually isotonic, involving changes in length of muscle fibres, that can be classified in concentric and eccentric contractions. Concentric muscle… Read more »

SEX-SPECIFIC RUNNING INJURIES

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Photo by Quino Al (Unsplash) Running, as sports in general, is associated with many benefits for prevention and rehabilitation of health issues, although it also carries an injury risk. Among… Read more »

ENERGY COST OF THE GALLOWAY (RUN:WALK) MARATHON PACING METHOD

Photo by Pasja100 (Pixabay) The pacing strategy alternating periods of walking and running is known as the Galloway Method, after Jeff Galloway, the former US Olympic runner who popularized it…. Read more »

VITAMINS C AND E ON EXERCISE PERFORMANCE

Photo by Massimo Sartirana (Pixabay) According to the American College of Sports Medicine up to 50% of athletes use nutritional supplements. Among the most popular supplements nowadays are antioxidants, used… Read more »

WOMEN IN ULTRA-ENDURANCE SPORTS: CLOSING THE GAP WITH THE MEN?

Photo by Quino AI (Unsplash) During the 1990s some studies calculated that women would overtake men performance in the marathon event, because of their steeper increase in running velocity over… Read more »

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT), ANOTHER TOOL FOR SPORTS RECOVERY

Photo by Jane Sundried (Unsplash) The therapy HBOT is medical treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber (ambient pressure higher than atmospheric pressure).   A brief story… Read more »

NEW WORLD RECORDS IN LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING: PHYSIOLOGICAL OR TECHNOLOGICAL?

Photo by MIguel A Amutio (Unsplash) Since the introduction of the first carbon fibre plate (CFP) shoes by Nike in 2016 we have seen most of the long-distance running world… Read more »