Research Article

The effect of cognitive strategies of association and dissociation on central nervous activation: A controlled trial with long distance runners

Oswaldo Rivera Rodríguez, Juan José Ramos Álvarez, Juan Carlos Segovia Martínez, Francisco Javier Lopez-Silvarrey Varela and Ricardo De la Vega Marcos*

Published: 11 October, 2017 | Volume 2 - Issue 4 | Pages: 095-108

The purpose of the present study was to experimentally assess the effect of cognitive strategies of association and dissociation while running on central nervous activation. A total of 30 long distance runners volunteered for the study. The study protocol consisted on three sessions (scheduled in three different days): (1) maximal incremental treadmill test, (2) associative task session, and (3) dissociative task session. The order of sessions 2 and 3 was counterbalanced. During sessions 2 and 3, participants performed a 55 min treadmill run at moderate intensity. Both, associative and dissociative tasks responses were monitoring and recording in real time through dynamic measure tools. Consequently, was possible to have an objective control of the attentional. Results showed a positive session (exercise+attentional task) effect for central nervous activation. The benefits of aerobic exercise at moderate intensity for the performance of self-regulation cognitive tasks are highlighted. The used methodology is proposed as a valid and dynamic option to study cognitions while running in order to overcome the retrospective approach.

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