Sprint exercise performance: Does metabolic power matter?

Matthew W. Bundle, Peter G. Weyand

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • biomechanics
  • force application
  • in vivo fatigue
  • locomotion
  • skeletal muscle


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