Natàlia Balagué

Natàlia Balagué
National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC) · Health and Applied Sciences

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Molecular Exercise Physiology and Omics approaches represent an important step towards synthesis and integration, the original essence of Physiology. Despite the significant progress they have introduced in Exercise Physiology (EP), some of their theoretical and methodological assumptions are still limiting the understanding of the complexity of sp...
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The hysteresis area, which reflects the history-dependency of psychobiological parameters, has been recently suggested as a new non-invasive marker of exercise stress and tolerance. However, its promising applications are still underexplored. This study aims to test if the hysteresis area of the perceived exertion (RPE), heart rate (HR), and muscle...
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Exercise physiology (EP) and its main research directions, strongly influenced by reductionism from its origins, have progressively evolved toward Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and OMICS technologies. Although these technologies may be based on dynamic approaches, the dominant research methodology in EP, and recent specialties such as...
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Universal exercise recommendations for adults neglect individual preferences, changing constraints, and their potential impact on associated health benefits. A recent proposal suggests replacing the standardized World Health Organisation (WHO) exercise recommendations for healthy adults by co-designed interventions where individuals participate act...
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The transfer of knowledge among academic subjects and linking different phenomena are crucial education competencies in Bloom's taxonomy of learning goals. From another side, modern cognitive science defines cognition and learning as embodied. The Synthetic Understanding through Movement Analogies (SUMA) educational framework proposes embodied lear...
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Current trends in sports monitoring are characterized by the massive collection of tech-based biomechanical, physiological and performance data, integrated through mathematical algorithms. However, the application of algorithms, predicated on mechanistic assumptions of how athletes operate, cannot capture, assess and adequately promote athletes’ he...
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Introduction: Down syndrome (DS) is a chromosomal disorder affecting simultaneously cardiovascular and respiratory systems. There is no research studying the coupling between these systems during cardiorespiratory exercise testing in a population with DS. Cardiorespiratory coordination (CRC), evaluated through principal component analysis (PCA), me...
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The hysteresis phenomenon, studied in exercising biological systems, has referred to the dependence of system’s psychobiological state on the direction of change of the workload control parameter (Hristovski et al., 2010). This is called history dependence. This dependence creates a hysteresis area that reflects the recovery efficiency of the varia...
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The hysteresis phenomenon refers to how a parameter, after changing its direction, returns to its initial state with a certain delay. It is usually captured using the hysteresis area that reflects the recovery efficiency of the variable under study. Given that previous research has shown that a lower hysteresis area of psychobiological variables du...
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Purpose: To compare inter-individual response variability and detraining effects on markers attributed to aerobic and anaerobic performance after short-term standardized aerobic, strength and mixed training programs. Methods: Thirty-six male students were randomly assigned to either an aerobic, strength, mixed, or control program (9 per group). T...
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Proprioceptive based interpersonal communication, playing a crucial role in cooperative motor tasks, needs further investigation. This study aimed to explore the interpersonal coordination of dyads cooperating to stand up in balance on a slackline through the study of inter and intrapersonal synergies. With this purpose, acceleration time series of...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the flow dynamics during incremental velocity running performed until voluntary exhaustion. Twenty runners performed an incremental-velocity test (The Université of Montréal Track Test; UMTT) while self-reporting their “in flow” and “not in flow” experienced states. Task endurance was divided into five-time...
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Home-based teleworking, associated with sedentary behavior, may impair self-reported adult health status. Current exercise recommendations, based on universal recipes, may be insufficient or even misleading to promote healthy teleworking. From the Network Physiology of Exercise perspective, health is redefined as an adaptive emergent state, product...
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Educational systems consider fostering creativity and cooperation as two essential aims to nurture future sustainable citizens. The cooperative learning approach proposes different pedagogical strategies for developing creativity in students. In this paper, we conceptualize collaborative creativity under the framework of coordination dynamics and,...
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Although exercise-induced fatigue has been mostly studied from a reductionist and component-dominant approach, some authors have started to test the general predictions of theories of self-organized change during exercises performed until exhaustion. However, little is known about the effects of fatigue on interlimb coordination in quasi-isometric...
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Contemporary education, based on a fragmented structure of topics, limits reasoning and critical thinking in students, contributing little to the development of the integrative competencies and knowledge considered essential in modern society. Interdisciplinary approaches give raise to new specialties, but do not reduce the barriers within and betw...
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This study aimed to explore the interpersonal coordination of pairs cooperating to stand up in balance on a slackline through the study of inter and intrapersonal synergies (Fig. 1). For this purpose, acceleration time series of the slackline as well as of both legs and the center of mass of performers were recorded. Inter and intrapersonal synergi...
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There is a need to update scientific assumptions in sport to promote the critical thinking of scientists, coaches, and practitioners and improve their methodological decisions. On the basis of complex systems science and theories of biological evolution, a systematization and update of theoretical and methodological principles to transform the unde...
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Proprioceptive based interpersonal communication, playing a crucial role in cooperative motor tasks, needs further investigation. This study aimed to explore the interpersonal coordination of dyads cooperating to stand up in balance on a slackline through the study of inter and intrapersonal synergies. With this purpose, acceleration time series of...
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The basic theoretical assumptions of Exercise Physiology and its research directions, strongly influenced by reductionism, may hamper the full potential of basic science investigations, and various practical applications to sports performance and exercise as medicine. The aim of this perspective and programmatic article is to: (i) revise the curren...
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We applied Symbolic Transfer Entropy (STE) for the detection of directed couplings between pulmonary variables registered during repeated progressive and maximal cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPET). We verified the hypothesis whether, effort accumulation has impact on the decrease of the level of coupling between ventilation (VEbtps), fraction of...
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We present a theory of cooperative-competitive intelligence (CCI), its measures, research program, and applications that stem from it. Within the framework of this theory, satisficing sub-optimal behavior is any behavior that does not promote a decrease in the prospective control of the functional action diversity/unpredictability (D/U) potential o...
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This chapter introduces the assumptions of the dynamic psychobiological model of exercise‐induced fatigue and reveals the dynamic behavior and properties of perceived exertion (PE) with workload accumulation. After introducing the basis of the extant cognitive and physiological models of PE, it provides the debate about the afferent or efferent nat...
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Objectives: The rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and the heart rate (HR) have been widely studied and monitored during exercise, but their hysteresis behaviour is still unexplored. Our aim was to study the hysteresis behaviour of RPE and HR in triathletes and non-athletes. Design: Cross-sectional study. Method: Eighteen triathletes at different c...
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Flow during exercise has been theorized and studied solely through subjective-retrospective methods as a “scull bound” construct. Recent advances of the radical embodied perspectives on conscious mind and cognition pose challenges to such understanding, particularly because flow during exercise is associated with properties of performer’s movement...
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An international consensus has resulted in the prescription of homogenous exercise programs for healthy and clinical populations with different pathologies. This generic prescription, based on concrete doses of aerobic and strength training, has proved to be safe and efficacious across a diverse range of populations. However, the personalization of...
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The purpose of this opinion paper is providing a platform for explaining and discussing the relatedness and nestedness of constraints on the basis of four claims: (a) task constraints are distributed between the person and the environment and hence are relational variables, (b) being relational, task constraints are also emergent properties of the...
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Fatigue has been related to changes in the time-variability properties of coordinative variables during an exhausting isometric exercise [1]. In this study we aimed to investigate the qualitative changes in acceleration (kinematic collective variable) during exhausting running (𝑛 = 8) and ski mountaineering (𝑛 males = 5, 𝑛 females = 5) exercises. T...
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Purpose To compare the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and moderate-intensity training (CONT), matched for total work, on cardiorespiratory coordination and aerobic fitness. Methods This is a two-arm parallel group single-blind randomised study. Twenty adults were assigned to 6 weeks of HIIT or volume-matched CONT. Participants...
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Exercise performed until exhaustion induces physiological and psychological stress. However, it is far from clear how these stress dimensions interact with the environment during the effort. Despite the amount of relevant research, previous reductionist approaches to fatigue have failed to identify single central or peripheral components or process...
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Objective: Our purpose was applying a principal component analysis (PCA) approach to cardiorespiratory exercise testing evaluation and test its sensitivity to workload accumulation. Approach: Twenty-five healthy young adults performed a progressive and maximal cycling test which was divided into two parts: moderate and high workload intensities,...
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The hysteresis behaviour of HR and RPE puts into question two main current assumptions in the control of training: the linear relationship of HR and RPE with training workload, and the correspondence of internal with external workload during fartlek training. The negative hysteresis of RPE observed in trained groups, but not in untrained, is probab...
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La prevalencia de ideas pseudocientíficas y “neuromitos” entre las entrenadoras y entrenadores, así como la necesidad de mejorar los contenidos de sus programas de formación, se ha puesto recientemente de relieve en la literatura científica. En este artículo de opinión se identifican y discuten algunas creencias, prejuicios y supuestos tácitos comu...
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Background The consumption of olive oil is associated with a diminished risk of cardiovascular disorders and mortality, but the impact of olive oil supplementation on endurance performance is still unclear. Since the beneficial effects of olive oil are observed at a systemic level, its effectiveness may not be precisely measured through the commonl...
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Desde las asignaturas de Fisiologia y Expressió corporal i Dansa, se realizó una experiencia de innovación educativa con un doble objetivo: evocar a través del cuerpo en movimiento procesos fisiológicos y bioquímicos, y conocer la opinión del alumnado respecto a su utilidad. Para ello se realizó un estudio descriptivo piloto de dos fases. En la pri...
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We conceptualize science as a social cognitive embodied-extended system with a perpetual action-perception-explanatory pattern formin cycle. This cognitive cycle encompasses the natural environment. The cycle is irreducible to inner cognitive processes of scientists. Its technologically embodied-extended nature necessarily makes the cognitive cycle...
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En este capítulo, explicaremos cuales son los principios fundamentales que rigen el comportamiento coordinativo de los sistemas complejos y veremos cómo estos principios se dan también en el aprendizaje motriz y en el deporte. También, se explicarán algunas propuestas prácticas que han surgido a raíz del desarrollo teórico del estudio de la dinámic...
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The content of an athlete’s perception during sports practice and the way it determines his / her decisions are some of the key questions in sport and have important consequences on the training process. The decision making in sport (DMS), influenced by cognitivist theories, has been considered until recently as a mere mental process more or less e...
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The prevalence of pseudo-scientific ideas and "neuromites" among coaches and the need to improve the contents of their education programs has been recently highlighted in the scientific literature. In this opinion paper we identify and discuss some common beliefs, prejudices and tacit assumptions in the field of sport sciences that can favor the pr...
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Research background and hypothesis. While for some authors team sport players should have a high VO 2 max, we hypothesize that there exist a non-linear relationship between VO 2 max and basketball performance. Research aims. Research aims were to study the correlation between basketball performance and VO 2 max in young elite basketball players...
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Objective.—The aim of this study was to investigate the interpersonal coordination of elite ski mountaineering athletes during a trial competition. Methods.—Ten athletes of the Spanish National Team were divided in two groups (5 males and 5 females) to take part in the study. Participants run a total distance of 1980 m and 415 m of positive gain du...
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A better understanding of how sports injuries occur in order to improve their prevention is needed for medical, economic, scientific and sport success reasons. This narrative review aims to explain the mechanisms that underlie the occurrence of sports injuries, and an innovative approach for their prevention on the basis of complex dynamic systems...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the dynamical distribution of pain in constant cycling and running tasks up to the point of exhaustion. Ten participants (M = 20.8 years old, SD = ± 1.03) ran and cycled at a "hard" intensity level (e.g., Borg's RPE (6-20) = 15). During task performance, participants reported their pain on a body map eve...
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OBJETIVE: Our purpose was to study the effects of aerobic, resistance, and mixed (aerobic and resistance) training programs on blood pressure, both at rest and during submaximal exercise in healthy people. METHODS: We randomized 39 physically active, healthy participants into aerobic, resistance, and mixed (aerobic and resistance) exercise groups,...
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Introduction: Changes in the time-variability properties of a kinematic variable during a quasi-isometric exercise performed until exhaustion has been recently revealed (Vázquez et al., 2016). These changes, presumably informing about the state of the temporal couplings between the neuromuscular system’s components, provided information about the d...
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OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to study the effects of aerobic, resistance, and mixed (aerobic and resistance) training programs on blood pressure, both at rest and during submaximal exercise in healthy people. METHODS: We randomized 39 physically active, healthy participants into aerobic, resistance, and mixed (aerobic and resistance) exercise groups,...
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Increases in cardiorespiratory coordination (CRC) after training with no differences in performance and physiological variables have recently been reported using a principal component analysis approach. However, no research has yet evaluated the short-term effects of exercise on CRC. The aim of this study was to delineate the behavior of CRC under...
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Background: Pain attracts attention on the bodily regions. Attentional allocation toward pain results from the neural communication across the brain-wide network “connectome” which consists of pain-attention related circuits. Connectome is intrinsically dynamic and spontaneously fluctuating on multiple time-scales. The present study delineates the...
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A high disciplinary specialization in sports science has promoted its current fragmentation and a lack of transfer of knowledge among scientists. The Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Theory (NDST), which has already undertaken a paradigm shift in several scientific fields, offers key concepts and a common language which can provide a unified framework f...
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The aim of the paper is to point out one way of integrating the supposedly incommensurate disciplines investigated in sports science. General, common principles can be found among apparently unrelated disciplines when the focus is put on the dynamics of sports-related phenomena. Dynamical systems approaches that have recently changed research in bi...
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Objectives The aims of this study were twofold: (a) to compare the effects of indoor and outdoor environments on cycling endurance and thought dynamics, (b) to investigate a possible link between cycling endurance and the adherence to task-unrelated thoughts (TUT) in both environments. Design: An experimental, within-subject design with two-trial r...
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The article discusses general structure and dynamics of the sports science research content as obtained from the analysis of 21998 European College of Sport Science abstracts belonging to 12 science topics. The structural analysis showed intertwined multidisciplinary and unifying tendencies structured along horizontal (scope) and vertical (level) a...
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The aim of this study was to detect qualitative changes in the structure of coordinative variable (elbow angle) fluctuations during a quasi-isometric exercise performed until exhaustion. Seven physical education students performed a quasi-isometric arm-curl exercise holding an Olympic bar (weight: 80% 1RM) with an initial elbow flexion of 90º three...
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Our purpose was to study the effects of different training modalities and detraining on cardiorespiratory coordination (CRC). Thirty-two young males were randomly assigned to four training groups: aerobic (AT), resistance (RT), aerobic plus resistance (AT + RT), and control (C). They were assessed before training, after training (6 weeks) and after...
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The aim of this study was to detect qualitative changes in the structure of coordinative variable (elbow angle) fluctuations during a quasi-isometric exercise performed until exhaustion. Seven physical education students performed a quasi-isometric arm-curl exercise holding an Olympic bar (weight: 80% 1RM) with an initial elbow flexion of 90° three...
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Performing arts consist of a vast set of artistic expression media like the body, the sound, the light as well as combinations of all of these. The situatedness of actions and the context dependence is their main property. Hence, the interpersonal coordination within performing arts may take a rich variety of forms. Entrainment to a music beat is o...