Resolving Fatigue Mechanisms Determining Exercise Performance: Integrative Physiology at its Finest!

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McKenna, Michael ORCID: 0000-0001-9998-0093 and Hargreaves, Mark (2008) Resolving Fatigue Mechanisms Determining Exercise Performance: Integrative Physiology at its Finest! Journal of Applied Physiology, 104 (1). pp. 286-287. ISSN 8750-7587


The origins of fatigue during exercise have intrigued scientists for well over a century and have proven to be a rich, but complex, area of investigation. Understanding fatigue and the consequent exercise limitation is not just an intellectual curiosity, but has far-reaching implications that traverse the broad spectrum of our communities. In chronically diseased or acutely ill patients, fatigue and exercise limitation can profoundly restrict daily activities and thus impair quality of life. In healthy individuals, fatigue can restrict performance in diverse occupational duties such as firefighting, the military, construction, and laboring, as well as limiting participation in recreational activities and sports. Most readers would link fatigue and exercise limitation to the grand stage of national and international sporting competition, adversely affecting elite athletic performance, with implications for medals, glory, and the sports industry. Fatigue and exercise limitation also impact on the young through to the aged, thus affecting all persons at multiple stages of our lives. It is therefore not surprising that investigation into the underlying causes of fatigue and exercise limitation has attracted special attention of scientists from clinical, basic, and applied science specializations.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1152/japplphysiol.01139.2007
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Keywords ResPubID16107, fatigue during exercise, exercise limitation
Citations in Scopus 33 - View on Scopus
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