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The influence of full leg-length compression tights during treadmill running at race speed

McManus, Christopher and Butson, Joshua and Rogerson, Michael and Waterworth, Sally and Jones, Benjamin and Cooper, Christopher and Sandercock, Gavin (2022) 'The influence of full leg-length compression tights during treadmill running at race speed.' International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. p. 174795412211341. ISSN 1747-9541

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The aim of the present study was to examine whether full leg-length compression tights modify physiological and kinematic measures during treadmill running at a competitive race pace in moderately trained runners. Thirteen males and five females completed two 15-minute running tests at a speed corresponding to a recent race time wearing compression tights or loose-fitting running shorts. Running economy (RE) was determined by oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide expiration during the final 3 minutes of treadmill running. Muscle oxygenation, skin temperature, heart rate (HR), vertical oscillation, step frequency and ground contact time (GCT) were measured continuously. GCT was shorter with compression compared with control trials (p  =  0.03), however, no differences in RE, muscle oxygenation, vertical oscillation, step frequency, HR or skin temperature were revealed. Despite a shorter GCT with compression tights, the findings suggest that moderately trained runners do not benefit nor limit physiological responses at a competitive race pace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heart rate; kinematics; muscle oxygenation; running economy; step frequency; vertical oscillation
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 10:41
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 14:28

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