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Thinking and action: a cognitive perspective on self-regulation during endurance performance

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dc.contributor.author Brick, Noel E.
dc.contributor.author MacIntyre, Tadhg E.
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Mark J.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-02T16:03:59Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-02T16:03:59Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6226
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Self-regulation reflects an individual's efforts to bring behavior and thinking into line with often consciously desired goals. During endurance activity, self-regulation requires an athlete to balance their speed or power output appropriately to achieve an optimal level of performance. Considering that both behavior and thinking are core elements of self-regulation, this article provides a cognitive perspective on the processes required for effective pace-regulation during endurance performance. We also integrate this viewpoint with physiological and performance outcomes during activity. As such, evidence is presented to suggest that what an athlete thinks about has an important influence on effort perceptions, physiological outcomes, and, consequently, endurance performance. This article also provides an account of how an athlete might control their cognition and focus attention during an endurance event. We propose that effective cognitive control during performance requires both proactive, goal-driven processes and reactive, stimulus-driven processes. In addition, the role of metacognition—or thinking about thinking—in pace-regulation will also be considered. Metacognition is an essential component of self-regulation and its primary functions are to monitor and control the thoughts and actions required for task completion. To illustrate these processes in action, a metacognitive framework of attentional focus and cognitive control is applied to an endurance performance setting: specifically, Bradley Wiggins' successful 2015 Hour record attempt in cycling. Finally, future perspectives will consider the potentially deleterious effects of the sustained cognitive effort required during prolonged and strenuous endurance tasks. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Physiology;7:159
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2016.00159
dc.rights This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission. en_US
dc.subject self-regulation en_US
dc.subject pacing en_US
dc.subject endurance performance en_US
dc.subject attentional focus en_US
dc.subject cognitive control en_US
dc.subject metacognition en_US
dc.subject cycling en_US
dc.title Thinking and action: a cognitive perspective on self-regulation during endurance performance en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fphys.2016.00159
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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