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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2015 December;55(12):1480-8

language: English

Physical activity, sleep pattern and energy expenditure in double-handed offshore sailing

Galvani C. 1, Ardigò L. P. 2, Alberti M. 2, Daniele F. 3, Capelli C. 2

1 Laboratory of Applied Exercise Physiology, Department of Psychology, Degree Course in Exercise Science, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy;
2 Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy;
3 Department of Biomedical Sciences, Degree Course in Exercise Science, University of Udine School of Medicine, Udine, Italy


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AIM: The aim of the present study was to quantify total energy expenditure, activity energy expenditure and time spent at three levels of physical activity (low, moderate, high intensity) in four two-person crews during a 500-mile double-handed sailing regatta.
METHODS: Physical activity intensity and energy expenditure were assessed during a 500-nautical-mile double-handed offshore competition in eight male sailors (46.3±3.4 years; 180±13 cm; 85.4±12.5 kg). During the whole regatta, they wore an activity monitor that estimated energy expenditure and minutes spent at each level of intensity (sedentary, <1.5 METs; light physical activity, 1.5-2.9 METs; moderate physical activity, 3.0-6.0 METs; vigorous physical activity, >6.0 METs).
RESULTS: The sailors spent longer periods (P<0.0001) of time in sedentary (823±193 min/day) and light physical activities (516±177 min/day) than in moderate (95±34 min/day) or vigorous (6±4 min/day) physical activities. They slept 5 times per day (±1.4) for 36 min (±9) in each sleeping period. The total energy expenditure was 14.26±1.89 MJ/day and the activity energy expenditure was 5.06±1.42 MJ/day. Activity energy expenditure was significantly correlated with total sleep time, boat speed, and distance covered each day (P<0.05).
CONCLUSION: The high total energy expenditure was more likely a consequence of the short and rare periods of sleep during the competition rather than of the bouts of moderate and vigorous physical activities.

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