Exercise-induced oxidative stress in overload training and tapering

N. B J Vollaard, Chris E. Cooper, Jerry P. Shearman

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    Tapering can be an effective way of enhancing performance after a period of intensive training, but the mechanisms for this ergogenic effect are unclear. It was hypothesized that overload training will increase oxidative stress through an accumulative effect of repeated high-intensity exercise, whereas tapering will improve the antioxidant defense system and alleviate oxidative stress. Purpose: To study the oxidative stress response to overload training and tapering. Methods: A group of eight well-trained male endurance athletes (30 ± 6yr; 73 ± 13 kg; 64 ± 6 mL·kg -1·min-1

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1335-1341
    Number of pages7
    JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006


    • Antioxidants
    • Exercise performance
    • Free radicals
    • Glutathione
    • Oxidatively modified heme


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