Comparison of running economy on different surfaces



Year of publication 2012
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Description This study compared running economy on different surfaces (tartan, cinder and asphalt) between long distance runners (n = 10). We used Oxycon Mobile, Tanita BC-543 a Polar S610i. All test subjects were running at the same road racing running shoes. Subjects ran 4 stages for 4 minutes on velocities 10, 12, 14 and 16 km/h with 4 minute break on each surface. The monitored parameters were average oxygen uptake (VO2; ml/min) resp. relative oxygen uptake per kilogram of runner’s body mass (VO2/BM; ml/min/kg) on different velocities. Differences metabolic-energy running economy indicators were assessed statistically using a post-hoc Fisher's LSD test. We did not found significant differences (p < 0,05) between surfaces, lowest values (VO2 and VO2/BM) were on asphalt. Differences of average values of VO2/BM (for 10, 12, 14, resp. 16 km/h) on tartan (35.76, 40.83, 47.25 and 54.51 ml/min/kg), cinder (34.91, 41.60, 47.48 and 54.28 ml/min/kg) and asphalt (34.42, 39.20, 44.44 and 52.34 ml/min/kg) were on the edge of device error (50 ml/min), so the only conclusion is the asphalt is the most convenient surface according energetic aspect for this specific shoes.
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