Sex Differences in Neuromuscular Fatigue and Changes in Cost of Running after Mountain Trail Races of Various Distances

Besson, Thibault, Parent, Audrey, Brownstein, Callum G., Espeit, Loïc, Lapole, Thomas, Martin, Vincent, Royer, Nicolas, Rimaud, Diana, Pastor, Frederic Sabater, Singh, Benjamin, Varesco, Giorgio, Rossi, Jeremy, Temesi, John and Millet, Guillaume Y. (2021) Sex Differences in Neuromuscular Fatigue and Changes in Cost of Running after Mountain Trail Races of Various Distances. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 53 (11). pp. 2374-2387. ISSN 0195-9131

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INTRODUCTION: Women have been shown to experience less neuromuscular fatigue than men in knee extensors (KE) and less peripheral fatigue in plantar flexors (PF) after ultratrail running, but it is unknown if these differences exist for shorter trail running races and whether this may impact running economy. The purpose of this study was to characterize sex differences in fatigability over a range of running distances and to examine possible differences in the postrace alteration of the cost of running (Cr). METHODS: Eighteen pairs of men and women were matched by performance after completing different races ranging from 40 to 171 km, divided into SHORT versus LONG races (<60 and >100 km, respectively). Neuromuscular function and Cr were tested before and after each race. Neuromuscular function was evaluated on both KE and PF with voluntary and evoked contractions using electrical nerve (KE and PF) and transcranial magnetic (KE) stimulation. Oxygen uptake, respiratory exchange ratio, and ventilation were measured on a treadmill and used to calculate Cr. RESULTS: Compared with men, women displayed a smaller decrease in maximal strength in KE (-36% vs -27%, respectively, P < 0.01), independent of race distance. In SHORT only, women displayed less peripheral fatigue in PF compared with men (Δ peak twitch: -10% vs -24%, respectively, P < 0.05). Cr increased similarly in men and women. CONCLUSIONS: Women experience less neuromuscular fatigue than men after both "classic" and "extreme" prolonged running exercises but this does not impact the degradation of the energy Cr.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This research was funded by an IDEXLYON fellowship.
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy cost, fatigability, females, males, trail running
Subjects: C100 Biology
C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 13:25
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 03:30

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