Chapter 3. Physiological Demands of Endurance Exercise

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Andrew M. Jones PhD1 and
  2. David C. Poole PhD, DSc1,2

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch3

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Jones, A. M. and Poole, D. C. (2008) Physiological Demands of Endurance Exercise, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch3

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

  2. 2

    Departments of Kinesiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315



  • physiological demands of endurance exercise;
  • physiological responses;
  • O2 delivery to exercising muscles;
  • determinants of blood–myocyte O2 flux;
  • critical velocity and kinetics;
  • lower energy – and hence O2 – cost for exercise;
  • endurance exercise and efficient transport of O2


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Requirements

  • Physiological responses

  • World's best

  • References