Junior cross-country skiers’ exposure to micro-paroxysms in training process

Junior cross-country skiers’ exposure to micro-paroxysms in training process

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PhD, Associate Professor I.E. Korelskaya1
PhD, Associate Professor L.A. Sharenkova2
PhD, Associate Professor А.N. Zelyanina1
1Northern (Arctic) Federal University n.a. M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk
2Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk

The study considers the most topical and problematic issues of the junior cross-country skiers’ training process with a special focus on their exposure to micro-paroxysms triggered by high physical and mental stressors. Sampled for the study were the 13-15 cross-country skiers trained in the Far North of Europe. The sample’s exposure to micro-paroxysms was rated by the sensorimotor response level and stability tests, with the responses triggered by light impulses; and with the tests designed in a standard simple visual motor response rating format. The study data made it possible to identify the age- and personality-specific variations in the individual exposure to micro-paroxysms; and analyze the micro-paroxysm occurrence statistics on a differentiated basis. The marginal conditions were rated within the range of 0 to 14 points, with the scores on the 14-point scale being indicative of the high competitive fitness or reluctance to compete. The study failed to find significant correlations between the simple sensorimotor response rates and exposure to micro-paroxysms. Therefore, the exposure to micro-paroxysms may be considered largely age-specific and, to a degree, associated with the high motivations for success in the cross-country skiing sport.

Keywords: micro-paroxysms, functionality tests, cross-country skiing, athletic training, junior athletes.

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