• 07 Jul 2019
  • Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen, UK

Fatigue as a limitation to performance


The Annual Conference is our flagship event and we want to continue to develop this so that it is more international in scope, provides a platform for dissemination of high quality research and appeals to the broadest physiology community. In addition, one of our key strategic objectives is to increase involvement of subdisciplines of physiology that are not well represented at our meetings. With this in mind, we are hosting a number of stimulating satellite symposia to complement Physiology 2019 on Sunday, 7 July.


This satellite symposium, Fatigue as a limitation to performance, discusses how to overcome potential limitations to performance imposed by the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, muscle metabolism, and the central nervous system and the impact of training, environment and nutrition.


For publication in Experimental Physiology.

Sunday 7 July 2019



Session 1

10:00 The role of the brain in the process of fatigue
Romain Meeusen, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
10:30 Environmental stress and neuromuscular fatigue
Derek Ball, University of Aberdeen, UK
11:00 Nutritional strategies to offset fatigue
Louise Burke, Australian Catholic University, Australia
11:15 Oral communication 1
11:30 Oral communication 2
11:45 Oral communication 3
12:00 Oral communication 4
12:15 Oral communication 5


Session 2

13:30 The central cardiovascular system as a limit to aerobic capacity
Michael Joyner, Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA
14:00 Human vascular control as a limitation to meeting the demands of exercise stress
14:30 The efficacy of pharmacological interventions to enhance performance
David Cowan, King’s College London, UK


Session 3

15:30 Metabolic control in the genesis of fatigue
Niels Ortenblad, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
16:00 High-intensity interval training as a strategy to combat fatigue
Martin Gibala, McMaster University, Canada
16:30 The bioenergetics of training and adaptation to delay fatigue
17:00 Oral communication 6
17:15 Oral communication 7
17:30 Oral communication 8
17:45 Oral communication 9

Poster session

End of symposium



You must be registered for Physiology 2019 to register for the ‘Cellular mechanisms of anti-cancer induced cardiotoxicity’ satellite symposium. To register for Physiology 2019 click here.



For information on travelling to Aberdeen, please see Visit Aberdeen.

Physiology 2019 will be hosted at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Exhibition Ave, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL. The AECC is the largest convention centre in northern Scotland, hosting 600 events and welcoming over 300,000 visitors each year.

AECC sits right next to the A90. It’s only a 15-minute taxi ride from Aberdeen railway and bus stations in the city centre.

By Bus

Symposium organisers

Organiser: Derek Ball, University of Abereen, UK
Co-organiser: Ron Maughan, University of St Andrews, UK



The complex nature of fatigue is a function of single or multiple mechanisms that result in the failure to produce or maintain the required or expected muscle force/power output. Models to explain the underlying causes of fatigue range from single cell, to organ, to whole body examples and bring together the many different aspects of physiology represented through The Physiological Society. Physiology 2019 coincides with the centenary of the publication of The Society’s monograph on The Physiology of Muscular Exercise (Bainbridge, 1919). This classic text published only two years before Bainbridge’s early death, contains many insights into the nature of fatigue that are only now being recognized. 1n 1981, the Ciba Foundation supported a symposium on Human Muscle fatigue (Porter and Whelan: Human muscle fatigue: physiological mechanisms, Pitman Medical Ltd, London) in which muscle fatigue was discussed across a range of disciplines from muscle to the neurological systems. Understanding the biological basis of fatigue is still as relevant today as it was over a century ago and this satellite symposium will discuss potential limitations to performance imposed by the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, muscle metabolism and the central nervous system and how these factors are modulated by training, environment and nutritional status. This satellite symposium aims to discuss the nature of fatigue from the perspective of the central and peripheral nervous system, the cardiovascular system and skeletal muscle. In addition, a discussion of the strategies aimed at offsetting fatigue from the perspective of training adaptation and nutritional and pharmacological intervention will be invaluable.

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