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How diet impacts performance in rock climbers: A pilot study
by Ueland, Katherine, M.S.N., Bastyr University, 2014, 69; 1557441
Abstract (Summary)

Objectives: This observational, cross-sectional, pilot study was conducted to establish a nutritional profile among experienced climbers, both non-elite and elite, and to evaluate factors that influence time to exhaustion while climbing to volitional failure.

Methods: Elite (n = 10) and non-elite (n = 5) climbers, aged 18-45 years participated in the following: (1) nutritional analysis - 3-day food record and 24-hour dietary recall were analyzed using Food Processor and compared to government daily recommended intake; (2) climbing trial - after completing a climbing-related questionnaire and measuring anthropometric characteristics and hand grip strength, participants climbed a moderately difficult pre-set indoor route continuously until reaching volitional exhaustion.

Results: The major findings were significant differences for total climbing time between non-elite and elite, 8.2±5.4 and 24.0±17.4 (mean±SD), respectively (p = 0.02); protein intake from 24-hour recall (n = 15, rS = -0.53, p = 0.04); and total percent water intake (n = 15, rS = 0.60, p = 0.02).

Conclusions: These results indicate that a longer climbing time to exhaustion is related to self-reported climbing ability. Protein and total percent water were negatively correlated to climbing time, suggesting that excessive protein intake may be a detriment to climbing performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Harris, Cristen
Commitee: Kirk, Elizabeth, Kloubec, June
School: Bastyr University
Department: Department of Nutrition
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition, Kinesiology
Keywords: Exercise, Nutrition, Performance, Rock climbing
Publication Number: 1557441
ISBN: 978-1-303-94844-2
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