|Keywords:||Single-sex; mixed-sex; effort; performance; training optimization; Medical and Health Sciences; Health Sciences; Sport and Fitness Sciences; Medicin och hälsovetenskap; Hälsovetenskaper; Idrottsvetenskap|
|Full text PDF:||http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:du-22624|
In many sport associations, regardless of level, women and men rarely practice together. Previous studies indicate that work groups are generally more efficient when there is an even distribution between the sexes. Could that also be the case in sports? This study aims to investigate whether the sex composition of a training group affects the effort and performance of the participants. Eleven volunteers participated in the crossover study consisting of three different 150-meter sprint conditions; individually, single-sex group and mixed-sex group. Sprint times, heart rate and RPE were recorded during all three trials. The result of this study suggests that there might be practical benefits in regards to physical performance and effort to exercise in a training group consisting of both sexes instead of training only with the same-sex or individually. The understanding could be useful in areas such as; training optimisation for both athletes and in patient- and rehabilitation groups, increasing efficiency in work environments, in schools and sports clubs striving for both athletic success and gender equality.