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Elite athletes are more resilient to mental fatigue

Elite athletes are more resilient to mental fatigue

London : Elite endurance athletes have superior ability to resist mental fatigue, revealed a new study.

For the study, the researchers compared the performance of 11 professional cyclists and nine recreational cyclists in various tests. The professional cyclists outperformed the recreational cyclists in a simulated time trial in the laboratory.

The study suggested that while the recreational cyclists slowed down after performing a computerised cognitive task to induce mental fatigue, the professional cyclists’ time trial performance was not affected.

In addition, the professional cyclists performed better than the recreational cyclists in the task which measures ‘inhibitory control’ or willpower. This is not surprising as the ability to suffer is a major factor in the sport of cycling, the study suggested.

“The two effects go hand in hand, because becoming resistant to mental fatigue should bolster willpower during the latter stages of a competition such as the Tour de France,” said Samuele Marcora, Professor, Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences in the study published in journal PLOS ONE.

Although largely hereditary, the researchers speculate that superior willpower and resistance to mental fatigue may be trained through hard physical training and demanding the lifestyle of an elite endurance athlete.

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Supriya Kashyap Joined Medical Dialogue as Reporter in 2015 . she covers all the medical specialty news in different medical categories. She also covers the Medical guidelines, Medical Journals, rare medical surgeries as well as all the updates in medical filed. She is a graduate from Delhi University. She can be contacted at Contact no. 011-43720751
Source: IANS

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