Effects of Ramadan fasting on repeated sprint ability in young children

O. Girard, A. Farooq

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    Aim: 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. Conclusions: 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-240
    Number of pages4
    JournalScience and Sports
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012

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