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Effects of Ramadan fasting on repeated sprint ability in young children

Girard, O. and Farooq, A. (2012) Effects of Ramadan fasting on repeated sprint ability in young children. Science & Sports, 27 (4). pp. 237-240.

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To investigate the impact of intermittent Ramadan fasting on the ability of children to perform repeated sprints.

Methods and results
Eighteen children performed 6 × 15 m sprints (15 s rest) before, during (1st and 4th week) and after (2 and 4 weeks) Ramadan. Compared to baseline, total sprint times lengthened 4 weeks into Ramadan and remained elevated 2 weeks post-Ramadan. Initial sprint performance and sprint decrement score did not change.

Repeated sprinting performance was compromised towards the end of the Ramadan month in children and this effect persisted for 2 weeks, while fatigue resistance was not affected.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS.
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