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Effect of an intense period of competition on race performance and self-reported illness in elite cross-country skiers.

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posted on 12.03.2015, 11:49 by Michael Gleeson, Ida Svendsen, Thomas A. Haugen, Espen Tonnessen
Aim: To determine whether participating in a cross-country skiing stage race (TDS) affects subsequent illness incidence, training and race performance. Methods: Self-reported training and illness data from 44 male and female elite cross-country skiers were included. In total, 125 years’ of data was collected (2-3 seasons per athlete). Illness incidence, training load and performance in international competitions were calculated for athletes who did and did not participate in TDS. Results: 48% of athletes reported becoming ill during or in the days immediately after taking part in TDS, vs. 16% of athletes who did not participate. In both groups, illness incidence was somewhat lower for female athletes. For male athletes, race performance was significantly worse for 6 weeks following TDS vs. 6 weeks before TDS. Furthermore, while female athletes who participated in TDS performed relatively better than controls in Olympics/World Championships, male athletes who participated in TDS typically performed worse in subsequent major championships. Conclusion: Participating in TDS appears to result in ~3-fold increase in risk of illness in this period. Male athletes appear more prone to illness and also see a drop in race performance following TDS, possibly linked to differences in training load before and after the event.

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Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

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GLEESON, M. ... et al., 2015. Effect of an intense period of competition on race performance and self-reported illness in elite cross-country skiers. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 25(6), pp.846-853.

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2015

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This is the peer reviewed version of the article which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sms.12452 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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0905-7188

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1600-0838)

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en