The Journal of Applied Physiology has published an article by Jordan Santos-Concejero of the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), and entitled `Maintained cerebral oxygenation during maximal self-paced exercise in elite Kenyan runners’. This is a pioneering study in the world of the physiology of exercise, given that it describes for the first time that elite Kenyan athletes have greater brain oxygenation during periods of maximum physical effort, and which contributes to their success in long-distance races.
Elite Kenyan runner from the Kalenjin tribe
Credit: Laboratories of the Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in Cape Town University and the University of Stellenbosch
Bibliographical reference: ‘Maintained cerebral oxygenation during maximal self-paced exercise in elite Kenyan runners‘. Jordan Santos-Concejero, François Billaut, Lara Grobler, Jesús Oliván, Timothy David Noakes, Ross Tucker. Journal of Applied Physiology. Published 20 November 2014. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00909.2014.