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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2018 April;58(4):549-54

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07088-8

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Bioenergetics and psychological profile of an ultra-endurance walker

Anna PEDRINOLLA 1, Giovanni LI VOLTI 2, Fabio GALVANO 2, Federico SCHENA 1, Valentina PERCIAVALLE 3, Donatella DI CORRADO 4

1 Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, School of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Verona, Verona, Italy; 2 School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Science, University of Catania, Catania, Italy; 3 Department of Sciences of Formation, University of Catania, Catania, Italy; 4 Department of Human and Social Sciences, School of Sport Sciences, Kore University, Enna, Italy


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Ultra-endurance walking provides athletes with significant physiological and psychological challenges. In this study ultra-endurance walking races are intended as events where the participants have to cover the largest distance within a given time, usually 24, 36, 48 hours, or longer, keeping the pause time within 5% of the total walking time. The aim of the study was to evaluate the metabolic, bioenergetics, and psychological characteristics of a world record ultra-endurance walker during three different ultra-endurance events characterized by different durations (36 hours, 48 hours and 70 hours). The participant investigated in this study was an experienced male ultra-endurance walker (age 41 years; mass 69 kg; height 173 cm), who used always the Nordic walking technique. During the 70 hours event, our walker broke the “Longest Marathon Nordic Walking” Guinness World Record covering 274 km in 70 hours. An overall time-dependent increase of oxidative stress, as assessed by lipid hydroperoxide levels, was observed in 36 hours and 48 hours events. Speed and metabolic cost of walking decreased rather linearly with walking time over all the three events. The study shows how the walker was able to approach the three different ultra-endurance events characterized by different durations applying physiological, and psychological strategies allowing him to reach the goal of the completion of each ultra-endurance event.


KEY WORDS: Physical endurance - Walking - Exercise

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Issue published online: March 16, 2018
Article first published online: February 22, 2017
Manuscript accepted: February 13, 2017
Manuscript revised: January 30, 2017
Manuscript received: October 11, 2016

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Pedrinolla A, Li Volti G, Galvano F, Schena F, Perciavalle V, Di Corrado D. Bioenergetics and psychological profile of an ultra-endurance walker. The J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2018;58:549-54. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07088-8

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donatelladicorrado@yahoo.it