Special Issue "Athlete Performance Enhancement through Endurance Running Training"

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Phil Hayes

University of Northumbria, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Interests: resistance training in endurance runners; fatigue and running gait; quantifying training

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Endurance running training is a key component of the training programmes of athletes in many sports, not just endurance runners. Athletes use a combination of interval and continuous training methods with varying intensities, durations, and frequencies. This raises questions about the physiological adaptations arising from these different approaches and their impact on performance. Moreover, it also raises questions about what the best practice is when prescribing such training, both acutely and chronically.

This issue aims to provide an overview not only of the physiological adaptations to endurance running, but of the similarities and differences arising from interval and continuous running. Both of these training methods are generally utilized to elicit metabolic adaptations; however, for optimal performance, any enhanced metabolic capability needs to be converted into movement. Running economy has therefore become a topic of increasing interest, with the role of muscle-tendon units and gait (re)training becoming particularly prominent in the research literature.

Dose–response optimization is essential for practitioners to prescribe sufficient training loads acutely to elicit meaningful improvements chronically. This requires training loads to be quantified, the dose–response relationship identified and training prescription optimally periodised. All of these are areas of contemporary interest that continue to develop rapidly with emerging wearable technologies.

Dr. Phil Hayes
Guest Editor

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  • Endurance running
  • Running economy
  • O2 max
  • Lactate threshold
  • Interval training
  • Aerobic training
  • Dose–response
  • Periodisation
  • Exercise prescription
  • Wearable technology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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