Sprint exercise performance: does metabolic power matter?

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2012 Jul;40(3):174-82. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e318258e1c1.


Prevailing physiological paradigms explain both sprint and endurance exercise performance in terms of the availability of metabolic energy. However, for all-out efforts of 60 s or less, the prevailing view is no longer viable. Contemporary evidence indicates that sprinting performance is determined by musculoskeletal force application, with a duration dependency explained by the intrinsically rapid rates at which skeletal muscle fatigues in vivo.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Performance*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Running / physiology*