RELEVANCE OF LACTATE THRESHOLD IN ENDURANCE SPORTS: A REVIEW
Anup Krishnan*, Arumugam Sivaraman, Thiagarajan Alwar, Deep Sharma, Vivekanand Upadhyay, Anuj Kumar
Over 200 years of research has firmly established the concept of Lactate to be of paramount importance in athletes, specially endurance athletes. A detailed understanding has evolved regarding the role of lactate in anaerobic and aerobic metabolism of glucose, and its relation to different exercise intensity is better understood than ever before. However, multiplicity of concepts related to evaluation of lactate levels and interpretation with regards to exercise prescription and training has confounded sports scientists as well as coaches. This review article summarises the works done in the field and their implication in training. It further discusses the different concepts of Lactate thresholds, their utility and validation. It further suggests that while most concepts of LT are independently valid, they should not be used interchangeably.
Keywords: Lactate, Endurance Sports, Lactate Threshold, Lactate Curve, Aerobic, Anaerobic, MLSS.
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