A1 Journal article (refereed)
Acute Physiological Responses to Four Running Sessions Performed at Different Intensity Zones (2021)

Nuuttila, O.-P., Kyröläinen, H., Häkkinen, K., & Nummela, A. (2021). Acute Physiological Responses to Four Running Sessions Performed at Different Intensity Zones. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 42(6), 513-522. https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1263-1034

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All authors or editors: Nuuttila, Olli-Pekka; Kyröläinen, Heikki; Häkkinen, Keijo; Nummela, Ari

Journal or series: International Journal of Sports Medicine

ISSN: 0172-4622

eISSN: 1439-3964

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 11/11/2020

Volume: 42

Issue number: 6

Pages range: 513-522

Publisher: Georg Thieme Verlag KG

Publication country: Germany

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1263-1034

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75051


This study investigated acute responses and post 24-h recovery to four running sessions performed at different intensity zones by supine heart rate variability, countermovement jump, and a submaximal running test. A total of 24 recreationally endurance-trained male subjects performed 90 min low-intensity (LIT), 30 min moderate-intensity (MOD), 6×3 min high-intensity interval (HIIT) and 10×30 s supramaximal-intensity interval (SMIT) exercises on a treadmill. Heart rate variability decreased acutely after all sessions, and the decrease was greater after MOD compared to LIT and SMIT (p<0.001; p<0.01) and HIIT compared to LIT (p<0.01). Countermovement jump decreased only after LIT (p<0.01) and SMIT (p<0.001), and the relative changes were different compared to MOD (p<0.01) and HIIT (p<0.001). Countermovement jump remained decreased at 24 h after SMIT (p<0.05). Heart rate during the submaximal running test rebounded below the baseline 24 h after all sessions (p<0.05), while the rating of perceived exertion during the running test remained elevated after HIIT (p<0.05) and SMIT (p<0.01). The current results highlight differences in the physiological demands of the running sessions, and distinct recovery patterns of the measured aspects of performance. Based on these results, assessments of performance and recovery from multiple perspectives may provide valuable information for endurance athletes, and help to improve the quality of training monitoring.

Keywords: endurance training; interval training; running; recovery (return)

Free keywords: endurance training; interval training; recovery; countermovement jump; heart rate variability; submaximal running test

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Reporting Year: 2021

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