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Born to run. Studying the limits of human performance

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, July 2012
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)

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1 blog
34 tweeters
4 Facebook pages


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Born to run. Studying the limits of human performance
Published in
BMC Medicine, July 2012
DOI 10.1186/1741-7015-10-76
Pubmed ID

Andrew Murray, Ricardo JS Costa


It is recognised that regular physical activity and a high level of fitness are powerful predictors of positive health outcomes. There is a long and rich history of significant feats of human endurance with some, for example, the death of the first marathon runner, Pheidippides, associated with negative health outcomes. Early studies on endurance running used X-ray and interview techniques to evaluate competitors and comment on performance. Since then, comparatively few studies have looked at runners competing in distances longer than a marathon. Those that have, tend to show significant musculoskeletal injuries and a remarkable level of adaptation to this endurance load. The TransEurope Footrace Project followed ultra-endurance runners aiming to complete 4,500 Km of running in 64 days across Europe. This pioneering study will assess the impact of extreme endurance on human physiology; analysing musculoskeletal and other tissue/organ injuries, and the body's potential ability to adapt to extreme physiological stress. The results will be of interest not only to endurance runners, but to anyone interested in the limits of human performance. Please see related article: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/10/78.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 2 2%
Brazil 1 1%
Netherlands 1 1%
United Kingdom 1 1%
Portugal 1 1%
Unknown 93 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 23 23%
Student > Master 15 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 14%
Student > Bachelor 9 9%
Professor 8 8%
Other 22 22%
Unknown 8 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 37 37%
Medicine and Dentistry 22 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 4%
Other 11 11%
Unknown 12 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 43. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 October 2019.
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