Objectives: The present study aims to investigate the effect of mentally demanding cognitive tasks on rowing performance in prepubertal athletes. Design: Randomised, counterbalanced and crossover. Method: Seventeen rowers, aged between 10 and 12 years, completed three separate testing sessions during which they performed three different cognitive tasks before completing a 1500 m time trial on the rowing ergometer. In the two experimental conditions, one hour of a standard cognitive task (Stroop task) and an arithmetic school test were used to elicit mental effort; in the control condition a time-matched, not demanding activity was carried out (painting). Subjective workload and mood were measured before and after the treatments, and the motivation was recorded before the time-trial. During the time trial, time, power, speed, cadence, heart rate and rate of perceived exertion were assessed. Results: The Stroop task and the arithmetic test were rated more mentally demanding (P < 0.001), effortful (P < 0.001) and frustrating (P = 0.001) than the control task, but the items fatigue (P = 0.437, P = 0.197) and vigour (P = 0.143, P = 1.000) after the cognitive tasks were not significantly different from the control. The performance of the time trial did not differ between conditions (time: P = 0.521; power: P = 0.208; speed: P = 0.341); physiological (P = 0.556) and perceptual (P = 0.864) measures recorded during the physical task were not affected by the conditions. Accordingly, pacing profiles (P = 0.312) and cadence (P = 0.062) did not differ between the conditions. Conclusions: Mentally demanding activities did not affect the subsequent physical performance in prepubertal athletes.

The effect of mentally demanding cognitive tasks on rowing performance in young athletes / L. Filipas, F. Mottola, G. Tagliabue, A. La Torre. - In: PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND EXERCISE. - ISSN 1469-0292. - 39(2018 Nov), pp. 52-62. [10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.08.002]

The effect of mentally demanding cognitive tasks on rowing performance in young athletes

L. Filipas
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A. La Torre
Ultimo
2018

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Objectives: The present study aims to investigate the effect of mentally demanding cognitive tasks on rowing performance in prepubertal athletes. Design: Randomised, counterbalanced and crossover. Method: Seventeen rowers, aged between 10 and 12 years, completed three separate testing sessions during which they performed three different cognitive tasks before completing a 1500 m time trial on the rowing ergometer. In the two experimental conditions, one hour of a standard cognitive task (Stroop task) and an arithmetic school test were used to elicit mental effort; in the control condition a time-matched, not demanding activity was carried out (painting). Subjective workload and mood were measured before and after the treatments, and the motivation was recorded before the time-trial. During the time trial, time, power, speed, cadence, heart rate and rate of perceived exertion were assessed. Results: The Stroop task and the arithmetic test were rated more mentally demanding (P < 0.001), effortful (P < 0.001) and frustrating (P = 0.001) than the control task, but the items fatigue (P = 0.437, P = 0.197) and vigour (P = 0.143, P = 1.000) after the cognitive tasks were not significantly different from the control. The performance of the time trial did not differ between conditions (time: P = 0.521; power: P = 0.208; speed: P = 0.341); physiological (P = 0.556) and perceptual (P = 0.864) measures recorded during the physical task were not affected by the conditions. Accordingly, pacing profiles (P = 0.312) and cadence (P = 0.062) did not differ between the conditions. Conclusions: Mentally demanding activities did not affect the subsequent physical performance in prepubertal athletes.
cognitive fatigue; endurance performance; young rowers; RPE
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