Sports Medicine

, Volume 44, Issue 9, pp 1319–1320 | Cite as

The Psychobiological Model of Endurance Performance: An Effort-Based Decision-Making Theory to Explain Self-Paced Endurance Performance

  • Benjamin PageauxEmail author
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

In a recent review published in this journal [1], Renfree and colleagues demonstrated the importance of considering decision-making theories to understand self-paced endurance performance. The authors aimed to examine current models/theories of decision-making in an attempt to explain the manner in which regulation of muscular work (pacing) is achieved during self-paced endurance performance. As explained by the authors, it is crucial that models explaining self-paced endurance performance take into account both internal (e.g. perception of effort, physiological responses) and external (e.g. tactical decisions, presence of competitors) factors. Interestingly, among all models presented in their review, the authors omitted to present an effort-based decision-making model recently proposed to explain self-paced endurance performance: the psychobiological model (of endurance performance) [2]. The psychobiological model has been shown to provide a valid explanation of the...


Endurance Performance Stroop Task Mental Fatigue Potential Motivation Corollary Discharge 
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I would like to thank Romuald Lepers and Samuele Marcora for our numerous discussions on this topic and their feedback on this manuscript.

Conflict of interest

The author has no potential conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this letter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Endurance Research Group, School of Sport and Exercise SciencesUniversity of Kent at MedwayKentUK

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