Chapter 20. Metabolic Limitations to Performance

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Francis B. Stephens PhD and
  2. Paul L. Greenhaff PhD

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch20

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Stephens, F. B. and Greenhaff, P. L. (2008) Metabolic Limitations to Performance, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch20

Editor Information

  1. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Author Information

  1. Centre for Integrated Systems Biology and Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315



  • metabolic limitations to performance;
  • prolonged submaximal exercise;
  • carbohydrate availability limits and submaximal exercise performance;
  • high intensity and maximal exercise;
  • muscle acidosis limiting to high intensity/maximal exercise performance;
  • extracellular potassium accumulation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Prolonged submaximal exercise

  • High intensity and maximal exercise

  • Conclusions

  • References

  • Further reading