Multiple-Sprint Work: Methodological, Physiological, and Experimental Issues

in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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Tests of repeated-sprint ability provide a simple way to evaluate the basic physical characteristics of speed and endurance necessary to excel in various multiple-sprint sports. Furthermore, such tests help overcome the complications associated with field-based evaluations of this type of exercise. Nevertheless, despite over 40 y of research, many issues regarding our understanding of multiple-sprint work remain unresolved. This commentary aims to raise awareness of issues relating to methodology, physiological responses, and the effectiveness of various ergogenic and training strategies; to promote a greater understanding; and to drive future research.

The author is with the School of Human Sciences, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham TW1 4SX, UK.

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