Skyscraper running is here analyzed in terms of mechanical and metabolic requirements, both at the general and at the individual level. Skyscraper runners' metabolic profile has been inferred from the total mechanical power estimated in 36 world records (48-421m tall buildings), ranked by gender and age range. Individual athlete's performance (n=13) has been experimentally investigated during the Pirelli Vertical Sprint, with data loggers for altitude and heart rate (HR). At a general level, a non-linear regression of Wilkie's model relating maximal mechanical power to event duration revealed the gender and age differences in terms of maximum aerobic power and anaerobic energy resources particularly needed at the beginning of the race. The total mechanical power was found to be partitioned among: the fraction devolved to raise the body center of mass, the need to accelerate the limbs with respect to the body, and running in turns between flights of stairs At the individual level, experiments revealed that these athletes show a metabolic profile similar to middle-distance runners. Furthermore, best skyscraper runners maintain a constant vertical speed and HR throughout the race, while others suddenly decelerate, negatively affecting the race performance.

Skyscraper running: physiological and biomechanical profile of a novel sport activity / A.E. Minetti, E. Seminati, D. Cazzola, D. Giacomett, S.G. Roi. - In: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS. - ISSN 0905-7188. - 21:2(2011), pp. 293-301. [10.1111/j.1600-0838.2009.01043.x]

Skyscraper running: physiological and biomechanical profile of a novel sport activity

A.E. Minetti
Primo
;
E. Seminati
Secondo
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D. Cazzola;
2011

Abstract

Skyscraper running is here analyzed in terms of mechanical and metabolic requirements, both at the general and at the individual level. Skyscraper runners' metabolic profile has been inferred from the total mechanical power estimated in 36 world records (48-421m tall buildings), ranked by gender and age range. Individual athlete's performance (n=13) has been experimentally investigated during the Pirelli Vertical Sprint, with data loggers for altitude and heart rate (HR). At a general level, a non-linear regression of Wilkie's model relating maximal mechanical power to event duration revealed the gender and age differences in terms of maximum aerobic power and anaerobic energy resources particularly needed at the beginning of the race. The total mechanical power was found to be partitioned among: the fraction devolved to raise the body center of mass, the need to accelerate the limbs with respect to the body, and running in turns between flights of stairs At the individual level, experiments revealed that these athletes show a metabolic profile similar to middle-distance runners. Furthermore, best skyscraper runners maintain a constant vertical speed and HR throughout the race, while others suddenly decelerate, negatively affecting the race performance.
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