Mental Fatigue Impairs Endurance Performance

A Physiological Explanation

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Mental fatigue reflects a change in psychobiological state, caused by prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity. It has been well documented that mental fatigue impairs cognitive performance; however, more recently, it has been demonstrated that endurance performance is also impaired by mental fatigue. The mechanism behind the detrimental effect of mental fatigue on endurance performance is poorly understood. Variables traditionally believed to limit endurance performance, such as heart rate, lactate accumulation and neuromuscular function, are unaffected by mental fatigue. Rather, it has been suggested that the negative impact of mental fatigue on endurance performance is primarily mediated by the greater perception of effort experienced by mentally fatigued participants. Pageaux et al. (Eur J Appl Physiol 114(5):1095–1105, 2014) first proposed that prolonged performance of a demanding cognitive task increases cerebral adenosine accumulation and that this accumulation may lead to the higher perception of effort experienced during subsequent endurance performance. This theoretical review looks at evidence to support and extend this hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2041-2051
Number of pages11
JournalSports Medicine
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

Fingerprint

Mental Fatigue
Adenosine
Lactic Acid
Heart Rate

Cite this

@article{85747a1e0370441eb9004c4b273aff65,
title = "Mental Fatigue Impairs Endurance Performance: A Physiological Explanation",
abstract = "Mental fatigue reflects a change in psychobiological state, caused by prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity. It has been well documented that mental fatigue impairs cognitive performance; however, more recently, it has been demonstrated that endurance performance is also impaired by mental fatigue. The mechanism behind the detrimental effect of mental fatigue on endurance performance is poorly understood. Variables traditionally believed to limit endurance performance, such as heart rate, lactate accumulation and neuromuscular function, are unaffected by mental fatigue. Rather, it has been suggested that the negative impact of mental fatigue on endurance performance is primarily mediated by the greater perception of effort experienced by mentally fatigued participants. Pageaux et al. (Eur J Appl Physiol 114(5):1095–1105, 2014) first proposed that prolonged performance of a demanding cognitive task increases cerebral adenosine accumulation and that this accumulation may lead to the higher perception of effort experienced during subsequent endurance performance. This theoretical review looks at evidence to support and extend this hypothesis.",
author = "Kristy Martin and Romain Meeusen and Thompson, {Kevin G.} and Richard Keegan and Ben Rattray",
year = "2018",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s40279-018-0946-9",
language = "English",
volume = "48",
pages = "2041--2051",
journal = "Sports Medicine",
issn = "0112-1642",
publisher = "Springer",
number = "9",

}

Mental Fatigue Impairs Endurance Performance : A Physiological Explanation. / Martin, Kristy; Meeusen, Romain; Thompson, Kevin G.; Keegan, Richard; Rattray, Ben.

In: Sports Medicine, Vol. 48, No. 9, 01.09.2018, p. 2041-2051.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Mental Fatigue Impairs Endurance Performance

T2 - A Physiological Explanation

AU - Martin, Kristy

AU - Meeusen, Romain

AU - Thompson, Kevin G.

AU - Keegan, Richard

AU - Rattray, Ben

PY - 2018/9/1

Y1 - 2018/9/1

N2 - Mental fatigue reflects a change in psychobiological state, caused by prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity. It has been well documented that mental fatigue impairs cognitive performance; however, more recently, it has been demonstrated that endurance performance is also impaired by mental fatigue. The mechanism behind the detrimental effect of mental fatigue on endurance performance is poorly understood. Variables traditionally believed to limit endurance performance, such as heart rate, lactate accumulation and neuromuscular function, are unaffected by mental fatigue. Rather, it has been suggested that the negative impact of mental fatigue on endurance performance is primarily mediated by the greater perception of effort experienced by mentally fatigued participants. Pageaux et al. (Eur J Appl Physiol 114(5):1095–1105, 2014) first proposed that prolonged performance of a demanding cognitive task increases cerebral adenosine accumulation and that this accumulation may lead to the higher perception of effort experienced during subsequent endurance performance. This theoretical review looks at evidence to support and extend this hypothesis.

AB - Mental fatigue reflects a change in psychobiological state, caused by prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity. It has been well documented that mental fatigue impairs cognitive performance; however, more recently, it has been demonstrated that endurance performance is also impaired by mental fatigue. The mechanism behind the detrimental effect of mental fatigue on endurance performance is poorly understood. Variables traditionally believed to limit endurance performance, such as heart rate, lactate accumulation and neuromuscular function, are unaffected by mental fatigue. Rather, it has been suggested that the negative impact of mental fatigue on endurance performance is primarily mediated by the greater perception of effort experienced by mentally fatigued participants. Pageaux et al. (Eur J Appl Physiol 114(5):1095–1105, 2014) first proposed that prolonged performance of a demanding cognitive task increases cerebral adenosine accumulation and that this accumulation may lead to the higher perception of effort experienced during subsequent endurance performance. This theoretical review looks at evidence to support and extend this hypothesis.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85048786837&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.mendeley.com/research/mental-fatigue-impairs-endurance-performance-physiological-explanation

U2 - 10.1007/s40279-018-0946-9

DO - 10.1007/s40279-018-0946-9

M3 - Article

VL - 48

SP - 2041

EP - 2051

JO - Sports Medicine

JF - Sports Medicine

SN - 0112-1642

IS - 9

ER -