A review of adolescent high-intensity interval training

Logan, G. R.M. , Harris, N., Duncan, S. and Schofield, G. (2014) A review of adolescent high-intensity interval training. Sports Medicine, 44(8), pp. 1071-1085. (doi: 10.1007/s40279-014-0187-5) (PMID:24743929)

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Despite the promising evidence supporting positive effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on the metabolic profile in adults, there is limited research targeting adolescents. Given the rising burden of chronic disease, it is essential to implement strategies to improve the cardiometabolic health in adolescence, as this is a key stage in the development of healthy lifestyle behaviours. This narrative review summarises evidence of the relative efficacy of HIIT regarding the metabolic health of adolescents. Methodological inconsistencies confound our ability to draw conclusions; however, there is meaningful evidence supporting HIIT as a potentially efficacious exercise modality for use in the adolescent cohort. Future research must examine the effects of various HIIT protocols to determine the optimum strategy to deliver cardiometabolic health benefits. Researchers should explicitly show between-group differences for HIIT intervention and steady-state exercise or control groups, as the magnitude of difference between HIIT and other exercise modalities is of key interest to public health. There is scope for research to examine the palatability of HIIT as an exercise modality for adolescents through investigating perceived enjoyment during and after HIIT, and consequent long-term exercise adherence.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Logan, Dr Greig
Authors: Logan, G. R.M., Harris, N., Duncan, S., and Schofield, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Sports Medicine
Publisher:Springer Verlag
ISSN (Online):1179-2035
Published Online:18 April 2014

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