S 21/11/2019

Prolonged graded running exercise: neurophysiological and biomechanics considerationsGianluca VERNILLO

Summary: Prolonged graded running races typically involve running over (extremely) long distances on rough terrain with large positive/negative elevation changes throughout. The study of the physiological...

Summary: Prolonged graded running races typically involve running over (extremely) long distances on rough terrain with large positive/negative elevation changes throughout. The study of the physiological and biomechanical changes associated with graded running (as well as the neurophysiological and biomechanical changes due to fatigue) is therefore important because the ability to appropriately regulate locomotor behaviour in response to changes in grade is fundamental to increase our understanding of the control of human locomotion and to increase the performance. Here, we present results related to the biomechanical, neuromuscular and physiological responses to graded running, highlighting the specific etiology of fatigue induced by prolonged graded running races.

Biography: Dr. Gianluca Vernillo is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health at the University of Milan (Italy). Gianluca completed his PhD at the University of Milan examining the physiological and performance profile of endurance athletes. During his PhD, he actively collaborated with Kenyan marathon runners during the four-year period leading to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Most recently, he was the head of strength and conditioning for the Italian snowboard and freestyle team in the four-year period preceding the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. His research interests lie in the areas of the neurophysiological and biomechanical changes associated with running and ultrarunning, exploring the neurophysiological and biomechanical changes after graded running exercises.

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