Health and good practice

Take care of yourself !

Ultra-endurance requires a very good knowledge of oneself and the desire to push one's limits. But ultra-endurance has an indisputable impact on your body and it is essential to manage one's state of health and listen to one's body to avoid injury or accident. To succeed and a have a good experience of the race on D-day means progressive preparation , requiring the implementation of serious preparation, good management of one's effort and person during the race.

You must, absolutely, avoid self-medication and take advice, if necessary, from a doctor. The UTMB® medical teams are at your side so that your race will be a success and remain a good experience.

Below, we offer you advice in matters of health reflections and the research of our medical teams and experts :

  • Training and race techniques
  • Mental preparation
  • Selection and test of one's equipment
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Diet before and during the race
  • Sleep management
  • Management of one's race and effort
  • Respect the warning signs
  • Post-race recuperation
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La nutrition
Le sommeil

Quelques conseils pour gérer votre sommeil

•    Lemaire, C., Dumont, M., Mauvieux, B., Edelsten, C., Morris, M., Riedy, S., & Hurdiel, R. (2019). Lors d’un exercice physique intense en privation de sommeil, les hallucinations en montagne ou au niveau de la mer ne sont pas différentes. Médecine du Sommeil, 16(1), 64-65.
•    Hurdiel, R., Riedy, S. M., Millet, G. P., Mauvieux, B., Pezé, T., Elsworth-Edelsten, C., & Dupont, G. (2018). Cognitive performance and self-reported sleepiness are modulated by time-of-day during a mountain ultramarathon. Research in Sports Medicine, 26(4), 482-489.
•    Martin, T., Arnal, P. J., Hoffman, M. D., & Millet, G. Y. (2018). Sleep habits and strategies of ultramarathon runners. PloS one, 13(5), e0194705.
•    Hurdiel, R., Pezé, T., Daugherty, J., Girard, J., Poussel, M., Poletti, L., & Theunynck, D. (2015). Combined effects of sleep deprivation and strenuous exercise on cognitive performances during The North Face® Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc®(UTMB®). Journal of sports sciences, 33(7), 670-674.
•    Dudoignon, M., Hurdiel, R., & Jardri, R. (2016). Troubles hallucinatoires lors de l’Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc® 2015 (UTMB®): description et effet de la dette de sommeil. Médecine du Sommeil, 13(1), 26.
•    Poussel, M., Laroppe, J., Hurdiel, R., Girard, J., Poletti, L., Thil, C., & Chenuel, B. (2015). Sleep Management Strategy and Performance in an Extreme Mountain Ultra-marathon. Research in Sports Medicine, 23(3), 330-336.

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