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Mood change and marathon running: a pilot study using a Swedish version of the POMS test.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Eva Blomstrand's research group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6537-042X
1991 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 32, no 3, 225-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Regular exercise is said to have positive effects on mood, especially if the exercise intensity is low to moderate. However, the acute effects resulting from participation in a strenuous competition, such as a marathon race, have been studied less. The present investigation used the Profile of Mood States (POMS) test to measure mood, before and after the 1989 Stockholm Marathon. A total of 106 male runners (mean age 40.0 years), with finishing times between 3h and 3h 45 min participated as subjects. Results showed great changes between pre- and post-marathon scores, most of them significant at the p less than 0.001 level. Furthermore, differences between a faster and a slower group of runners were demonstrated with regard to mood states, even though plasma glucose levels were comparable. It is concluded that participation in a marathon race greatly effects mood, mainly in a more negative way than low to moderately intense exercise does.

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1991. Vol. 32, no 3, 225-32 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-949DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.1991.tb00872.xPubMedID: 1759140OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-949DiVA: diva2:236295
Available from: 2009-09-22 Created: 2009-09-21 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved

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