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The psychobiological model of pacing in endurance performance

Mohammad Amin, Akram (2014) The psychobiological model of pacing in endurance performance. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:47661)

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The Psychobiological model for pacing has based its theory on five factors to explain pacing and performance: i) the perception of effort, defined as “the conscious sensation of how hard, heavy and strenuous the exercise is”; ii) the potential motivation that represents the individual’s willingness to exert effort; iii) the distance- or time trial duration to cover; iv) the time/distance elapsed/remaining and; v) the previous experience/memory of perceived exertion during exercise of varying intensity and duration.

In chapter 3 we discussed the effect of knowledge of distance to cover on pacing and performance during a 5 km running time trial. Results showed that knowledge of distance to cover and learning from previous experience is an important determinant in pacing and pacing strategy. Individuals when informed of the correct knowledge of distance to cover where able to pace themselves faster and complete the performance test significantly faster than when the knowledge of distance to cover was incorrectly provided.

distance and a 30 min cycling time trial to account for knowledge of time remaining. Results demonstrated that time/distance feedback plays an important role for performance. The significant difference in distance/time to complete the performance test showed that participants who were aware of the remaining time/distance to be covered were able to choose a pace during the time trial compared to when they were blind to the distance/time feedback.

Overall, this thesis demonstrated that the psychobiological model of endurance performance for pacing proposed in the recent years is, indeed, a valid and effective model to explain human performance and it provides new insights in the study of pacing, compared to other existing models of pacing.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Marcora, Samuele Maria
Uncontrolled keywords: Closed loop exercise; Open loop exercise; Pace; Pacing
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
Q Science > QP Physiology (Living systems)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
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Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2015 01:01 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:23 UTC
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