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An Analysis of Performance in Elite Young Cross-Country Skiing: Classical Style Vs Skate Skiing

Author(s): Francisco P.D. la Fuente | Carlos C. Otin | Luis M. Benito | Jose M.L. Bonafonte | Marta R. Lopez | Luis P. Galloso | Balint Gheorghe

Journal: Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 1549-3652

Volume: 7;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 565;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Cross-country skiing | classical style | skate skiing | lactate | heart rate

Problem statement: The aim of this study was to assess the differences in the skiing performance of two skiing styles (classical style Vs. skate skiing), in a group of young high-level skiers. Approach: Four high-level male junior cross-country skiers from the Centre of Winter Sports of Aragon (Spain), were selected for this study that was developed during two competitions: 10 km free technique and 10 km classical technique performed in the same circuit and under the same conditions (snow quality, temperature, wind and relative humidity). Physiological variables, maximal and medium heart rate, blood lactate concentration (basal, final and during the recovery, after 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 min) and medium skiing speed, were analyzed with GPS Garmin Forerruner 305® Heart Rate Pulse and Lactate Dr. Lange analyzer®. Normally distributed data (Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test and Shapiro-Wilk) were statistically analyzed with one way ANOVA and t-Test for post-hoc comparisons (p
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