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by Mark Zalewski
August 10, 2016
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A new research study focusing on elite endurance athletes’ ability to resist mental fatigue found that pro cyclists were able to better perform a task designed to tire out the brain as opposed to recreational ones. The study, “Superior Inhibitory Control and Resistance to Mental Fatigue in Professional Road Cyclists,” was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The 11 professional cyclists completed more correct responses during the Stroop task than the nine recreational cyclists. After each cognitive task, participants completed a 20-min time trial — the recreational cyclists produced a lower mean power output in the mental exertion condition compared to the control condition.
“In addition, the professional cyclists performed better than the recreational cyclists in the computerised cognitive task which measure ‘inhibitory control’ or willpower. This is not surprising as the ability to suffer is a major factor in the sport of cycling.”
The authors concluded that these psychobiological characteristics may be genetic, and also may be developed through the training and lifestyle of professional road cyclists.
The study’s co-author Professor Samuele Marcora added that the two effects go hand in hand, because becoming resistant to mental fatigue should bolster willpower during the latter stages of a long competition such as the Tour de France.
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