Muscle damage and inflammation biomarkers after two ultraendurance mountain races of different distances: 54 km vs 111km
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Author/sRubio Arias, Jacobo; Ávila Gandía, Vicente; López Román, Javier; Soto Méndez, Fulgencio; Álcaraz Ramón, Pedro Emilio; [et al.]
Discipline/sActividad Física y Deporte
Subject/sHematocrit and hemoglobin
The aims of this study were 1) to describe the effects of a 54 km and 111 km ultra-endurance mountain race on the biomarkers of muscle damage and inflammation, 2) to compare the effects between the two races regarding the biomarkers of muscle damage and inflammation. Sixteen ultra-endurance amateur runners volunteered to participate in this study. Ten runners completed a 54 km race (Group 1; age: 27.0 ± 5.7; height: 179.5 ± 5.8 cm; and body mass: 77.3 ± 10.7 kg) and six completed a 111 km race (Group 2; age: 30.5 ± 8.0; height: 179.4 ± 5.5 cm; and body mass: 76.2 ± 9.4 kg). Blood samples were taken at five different points during the investigation, 24 h before the race, immediately post-race, and again at 24, 48, and 72 h after the race. There were increases in leukocyte (Group 1: p ≤ .001, ES = 2.8; Group 2: p = .001, ES = 3.5) and platelet concentrations (Group 1: p ≤ .001, ES = 2.3; Group 2: p = .02, ES = 1.7) post-races. Significant inter-race differences were also observed i...