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ERIC Number: EJ843759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
An Investigation of Natural Cadence between Cyclists and Noncyclists
MacPherson, A. C.; Turner, A. P.; Collins, D.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v78 n4 p396-400 Sep 2007
In activities requiring repetitive motions such as cycling, an individual gravitates to a natural cadence (NC). NC is seen as a "naturally occurring" phenomenon, a pace to which an individual reverts, as opposed to a consciously mediated pace, which is a learned ability. This article investigates this phenomenon by examining cyclists' NC, in this sense, an internally set, unconsciously achieved rhythm to which the system would naturally gravitate. Two major questions were addressed. First, the authors examined the evidence for and, if it was detected, strength of NC. Second, they looked at the physiological response postperturbation from fixed cadence to establish whether participants would revert to similar values, comparable with NC. Further, by considering physiological differences associated with different imposed and freely chosen rhythms, the authors attempted to uncover the mechanisms through which observed effects were generated. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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