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Endurance and Ultra-Endurance Sports in Extreme Conditions: Physiological and Pathophysiological Issues

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Endurance sports are gaining more and more popularity among amateurs and professional athletes. Running, swimming, cycling, and cross-country skiing take place very often at distances that, until recently, seemed unattainable for the human body. The distances are significantly longer and the duration of the ...

Endurance sports are gaining more and more popularity among amateurs and professional athletes. Running, swimming, cycling, and cross-country skiing take place very often at distances that, until recently, seemed unattainable for the human body. The distances are significantly longer and the duration of the competition often reaches many days and hundreds of kilometers. The human body is tested under various weather conditions, at different altitudes and depths, and under the harsh conditions of lack of sleep and food. All these competitions will drive players to the utmost exhaustion and disrupt people's physiological processes.

The main goal of this Research Topic is to determine the factors, that determine the efficient functioning during long-term endurance efforts, ranging from classic middle distances in Olympic competitions such as running, swimming, triathlons or ski runs, through ultra-long competitions related to runs longer than marathons or ultra-triathlon competitions, and ending with multi-stage or multi-day sports competitions. The Topic Editors do not limit the type of exercise, as long as its duration will be significantly different from the usual sports activities. Contributions describing endurance efforts carried out in extreme weather conditions (very high or low temperatures, high humidity, etc.) at high altitudes or, for example, requiring long insomnia, are especially welcome. All factors hindering physical activity, with particular emphasis on their extreme values, will have a preference for editorial decisions.

The authors should focus on the description of biochemical, physiological or pathophysiological processes resulting from endurance sports, as well as on the precise description of the factors determining the effectiveness of the functioning of human organisms or their innate / genetic conditions. It is also permissible to combine appropriate psychological characteristics closely related to physiological processes, with particular emphasis on their impact on the efficiency of functioning in extreme conditions.


Keywords: endurance, temperature, altitude, weather, extremes


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27 August 2021 Manuscript

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27 August 2021 Manuscript

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