Body composition changes in professional cyclists during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, a 3-week stage race

Maurizio Marra, Barbara Da Prat, Concetta Montagnese, Maurizio Sgroi, Giuseppe Sicilia, Annarita Caldara, Lidia Santarpia, Roberto Corsetti

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Introduction: This study evaluated body composition in 9 professional cyclists participating in a 3-week stage race. Data were collected at the beginning, halfway through and at the end of the race. Materials and Methods: Body weight, circumferences, skinfold thickness and bioelectrical impedance analysis variables were measured. Results: Body composition and total body water did not change significantly during the 3 weeks of the race. We observed a reduction of both body cell mass and phase angle, suggesting possible intracellular water reduction. Conclusions: Body cell mass and phase angle decreased significantly throughout the days of the competition, suggesting a possible influence on athletes' physical performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalNutritional Therapy and Metabolism
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Body Composition
Skinfold Thickness
Body Water
Electric Impedance
Athletes
Body Weight
Water

Keywords

  • Body cell mass
  • Body composition
  • Elite athletes
  • Phase angle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Marra, M., Da Prat, B., Montagnese, C., Sgroi, M., Sicilia, G., Caldara, A., ... Corsetti, R. (2014). Body composition changes in professional cyclists during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, a 3-week stage race. Nutritional Therapy and Metabolism, 32(1), 31-34. https://doi.org/10.5301/NTM.2014.11883

Body composition changes in professional cyclists during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, a 3-week stage race. / Marra, Maurizio; Da Prat, Barbara; Montagnese, Concetta; Sgroi, Maurizio; Sicilia, Giuseppe; Caldara, Annarita; Santarpia, Lidia; Corsetti, Roberto.

In: Nutritional Therapy and Metabolism, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2014, p. 31-34.

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Marra, M, Da Prat, B, Montagnese, C, Sgroi, M, Sicilia, G, Caldara, A, Santarpia, L & Corsetti, R 2014, 'Body composition changes in professional cyclists during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, a 3-week stage race', Nutritional Therapy and Metabolism, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 31-34. https://doi.org/10.5301/NTM.2014.11883
Marra, Maurizio ; Da Prat, Barbara ; Montagnese, Concetta ; Sgroi, Maurizio ; Sicilia, Giuseppe ; Caldara, Annarita ; Santarpia, Lidia ; Corsetti, Roberto. / Body composition changes in professional cyclists during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, a 3-week stage race. In: Nutritional Therapy and Metabolism. 2014 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 31-34.
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