Performance Variables of Obstacle Course Racing and Recommendations for Programming in Novice and Intermediate Competitors

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Abstract

OVER THE PAST DECADE, THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF ATHLETES WHO PARTICIPATE IN OBSTACLE COURSE RACES (OCR). RACES COMBINE ENDURANCE DISTANCE RUNNING AND INTENSE PHYSICAL OBSTRUCTIONS, INCLUDING RUNNING THROUGH FIRE, CLIMBING OVER WALLS AND CARGO NETS, AND EVEN CRAWLING THROUGH MUD PITS COVERED IN BARBED WIRE. THIS REVIEW WILL ANALYZE PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS RELATED TO OCR, INCLUDING RESEARCH OBSERVING MILITARY OBSTACLE COURSE PERFORMANCE, ENDURANCE RACE PERFORMANCE, LOAD-CARRIAGE TASKS, AND VARIOUS ATHLETIC PROGRAMMING STRATEGIES. A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM WILL BE RECOMMENDED FOR AN EXAMPLE BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE COMPETITOR TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE ADAPTATIONS AND DECREASE OVERALL TIME IN AN OCR.

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